Bee Sting Treatment
Tips On Bee Sting Treatment
Bee sting treatment is considerably old fashioned, yet tried and true. Mother Nature’s little helper can invoke such panic for all the good he does, but there may be a very convincing reason for this. In the mid 1950’s, scientists and medical experts began to dig into victims files of both insect and venomous snake bites, turning up a shocking revelation. They found that for each three deaths reported from venomous snake and insect bites, there were twelve deaths inflicted by bees. The deaths caused by bee stings were most concerning, because the heightened allergic sensitivity that a victim may experience when exposed to the sting of a hymenopteran insect could not be tested until it was too late. Though much advancement has been made since those early studies, the best bee sting treatment is still the most simple and effective.
Aside from the common discomfort and discoloration of the sting site, a victim should seek immediate medical attention for symptoms such as swelling sensations of the throat or face area, abdominal pain, a flush of cold through the body, or sudden weakness. These are signs of a potentially fatal allergic reaction, and the victim must be treated at once. If the sting is on an extremity, a tourniquet can be applied to constrict the allergen to that area of the body, and away from the major arteries of the heart. If the stinger is present, it should be scraped out with either a fingernail or a knife, but never pinched or squeezed. The latter two methods can force more poison out of the stinger, setting back your efforts considerably.
For those of us fortunate enough to merely undergo the pain, there is a less strenuous bee sting treatment available. Baking soda is a wonder product, and helps to not only draw out the poison within the wound, but soothes the inflamed tissues surrounding it. To apply baking soda to a single area, you will want to make a thick paste. Accomplish this by pouring an ample amount of baking soda into the palm of your hand and adding one or two drops of water at a time until you have reached the proper consistency. For multiple stings, a lukewarm or temped bath with one to two full boxes of baking soda dissolved in it will do wonders.
Ice and frigid water applications are quite effective for soothing the swelling and pain of the bee sting site. The cold also constricts the blood vessels in that area, slowing the effects of any remaining poison. In conjunction with whatever topical solutions you choose to apply, an over the counter oral antihistamine can be administered for long term assistance with potential pain and itch. This may not be necessary, however, as the topical remedies listed should take most of the discomfort away before an ingested medication has the chance to take effect.