Wasp stings can be hugely uncomfortable and are common during the warmer weather when people are outside for longer periods of time. These stings c
Wasp stings can be hugely uncomfortable and are common during the warmer weather when people are outside for longer periods of time. These stings can be painful, but most people recover quickly and without any complications. Express.co.uk has compiled a guide on how to remedy these stings.
How to know you have been stung by a wasp?
There can be some difficulty to tell the difference between wasp from a bee sting.
When someone is stung by a honey bee, the stinger, which will look like a little dot, will be left in your skin.
Wasps, however, keep their stingers after they strike.
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To further treat swelling and itching, you should consider taking an over-the-counter antihistamine, like Claritin.
You can also take pain relief.
If your symptoms dramatically worsen you should call for medical help and in emergencies contact 911.
Home remedies for wasp stings
There are several home remedies which can help alleviate the pain of wasp stings.
Non-seasoned meat tenderiser powder
Begin by mixing a non-seasoned meat tenderizer powder with a little bit of water and then use a cotton ball to apply it to the sting area.
Leave the mixture on for 15 to 20 minutes.
This mixture has a chemical called papain in it which helps to break down wasp venom to reduce pain and swelling.
You can use baking powder to help with wasp stings by creating a paste of baking soda and water.
This paste can break down or neutralise the venom.
You can apply it to the sting area and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
A cool, wet tea bag can help fight inflammation and reduce swelling.
You can then run the sting under cold water and apply to your skin for 15 to 20 minutes.