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Spring and Bee Stings

Spring is the season of the birds and the bees, and unfortunately bee stings are a part of the season. According to the Mayo Clinic the range of reactions to the venom of a sting is variable depending on how sensitive you are, but that only a small percentage of folks experience severe (read: anaphylaxis) response to stings and bug bites in general. Most of us experience itching, a stinging sensation and mild swelling that disappears after a day or two. Occasionally, there is a delayed response to a sting or bite that includes: fever, hives, painful joints and swollen glands.

First thing you want to do if you are stung is scrape off the stinger with the flat edge of a credit card or the back of a knife. If you pull the stinger you risk the chance of releasing more of the icky venom, and you don't want to do that.

Next, you want to calm the swelling with ice, this will help with the pain too. Applying 1% hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion will help the symptoms subside. The home remedy of baking soda paste has always worked for me. Mix 3 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon water and apply directly to the sting multiple times a day until the symptoms subside.

If you experience a severe reaction including facial swelling, difficulty breathing and shock call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Don't forget to stop and smell the roses this spring, but check for bees first.

Join The Conversation
amandasblog44 amandasblog44 10 years
Mitigator Rules! I can recommend a new “scrub” product called “Mitigator Sting & Bite Treatment”; to say that it is terrific is an understatement! It actually removes venom by exfoliating the top layer of skin, opening the pores and drawing out the toxins. I had instant relief from pain and itching and all traces of the sting disappeared within minutes. I found it on the web at which is their military website. I called and they sold me (6) ½ ounce packages for about $2.00/pack (each resealable pack treats about 20 stings or bites). The only thing that can create a problem is if you wait too long to apply it, it should be rubbed in vigorously within the first few minutes after the bite or sting – the longer you wait, the less effective it is. I’ve used it on bees, wasps, fire ants (no blisters even appeared), mosquitoes and chiggers. They say it works on jellyfish but I’m a long way from the ocean so I haven’t needed it for that problem. No smelly chemicals, works great and is even safe for kids (the scrubbing replaces scratching so – no secondary infections). I should make a commercial for them!
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
They're A pest. A lot of people are allergic to Bee stings.
the-clam the-clam 10 years
A bee landed on my clothes while I was running outside and stung me as I was changing. I've heard toothpaste can be used as a home remedy (menthol plus baking soda?) but I used hydrocortisone.
SU3 SU3 10 years
I hate them too. And I'm very thankful that I haven't been stung!
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 10 years
If I am stung on my hands or arms, I immediately remove rings, bracelets as the area begins to swell immediately. Then I try all the remedies!
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
We seem to have some wasps around our house right now, like a nest somewhere. Makes me nervous.
cageyme cageyme 10 years
I find that taking a Benadryl tablet in addition to using calamine lotion, etc. helps relieve the swelling and itchiness of bug bites. I have never been stung by a bee, but mosquitoes love me. The best line about bee stings in a movie: To Have and Have Not (1944) Walter Brennan (Eddie): Was you ever bit by a dead bee? Lauren Bacall* (Marie): Did you bite back? *Her first movie role at the oh-so-gorgeous age of 19.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
tifygodess24--were you and i seperated at birth? i too hate ants, and bees. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 10 years
I hate bees , wasps -hornets ( nasty little mean things ). They scare the crap out of me. One time when I was little( about 7 or 8 ) I got so scared that I ended up putting my hand threw a garage window- long story..but they are the reason why summer is my least favorite season. That and Ants.
ktjones ktjones 10 years
I am one of those people who immediately call 911!!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
haha, the windex thing reminds me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. haha. I am TERRIFIED of Bees, wasps, hornets, etc. I either freeze or scream and run lightening speed. people think i am irrational about it but i am terrified. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
Beaner Beaner 10 years
I got my 1st sting last summer, stepping on a wasp BAREFOOT at my yoga studio. YOUCH!!!! My friend knows all about winderness survival and she said "You've got to pee on it!" I looked at her like, "What!!?? You've got to be kidding." She said pouring amonia on it helps with the pain and that I could use Windex instead. It really helped!
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