Treating a bee sting can prove difficult if you are not familiar with the basic home remedies that should be used in such a scenario. Please understand that the home remedies discussed below are more of a first-aid care that should be rendered to a bee-stung victim. However, once the initial pain and swelling have been resolved to a certain extent, seeking a medical opinion is advised. This is because the bee sting is often much deeper than it appears and if not treated holistically, the infection can become rampant. When faced with a bee sting, you can use the following ways to treat a bee sting:
Applying Ice-it may sound too elementary to be effective, but the fact remains that something as simple as ice is quite handy for bee-sting victims. This is because the extremely cold temperature induced by an ice cube helps to arrest the increasing swelling and prevents the embedded stinger from going any further into the skin. However, you should not press the ice cube. The idea is to apply an ice pack or some ice cubes slightly, on and around the sting. Pressing upon the ice can cause extreme clotting of the blood which may cause breaking of the stinger.
Removing the Stinger-this shouldn’t be tried by kids, and those who are aren’t experienced with handling tweezers. Further, you should try to remove the stinger only if its upper, embedded end is visible. If not, refrain from doing this. Don’t scrape around for the stinger if it is not visible. This should be done after applying the ice-pack since the colder skin surface is more immune to the pain induced by the pulling action of the tweezers.
Applying Toothpaste-one unique and very interesting home remedy for a bee sting is using toothpaste. Any dental cream can be used here-you don’t need to bother about their chemical formulas or the brands. Toothpaste is an excellent supplement for topical ointments that are recommended for bee stings. Toothpaste is recommended for most of the common anti-bacterial or antibiotic ointments kept in households are usually meant for open site injuries wherein there are substantial surface injury and even bleeding. The glycerin content of the toothpaste ensures that the venom is arrested for spreading. Further, the alkaline formula of most toothpaste acts as a mild form of antibiotic that is suited for treating bee stings.