12 Comments

  1. kara

    Wow, great website ! This is fantastic & I learned something just by visiting your page. I see the great work that you put into this and the time & devotion you put into helping others as I do to. Keep up the great work.

  2. Sarah

    I’ve always just thought ice after a sting is what was the only thing you could put on it. I’ve never been stung by a bee though. Just it burn or just sting and itch afterwards? I imagine on how it feels is what you’d want to apply for the relief. I have been stung by a wasp or yellow jacket, I’m not sure what kind it was. Felt like a needle just jabbing me. But it didn’t swell up so I didn’t do much with it.

    • Stefan

      Hi Sarah

      you’re right, the reactions are very individual. So it’s best to try different methods and see what works. But luckily there’s not every day a sting to treat. What do you mean by: Just it burn or just sting and itch afterwards?

  3. Michael Hills

    Interesting article. There are some excellent tips. I hand no idea that I could use toothpaste and deodorant. Ice is a good one. Just put a butter knife in the freezer, then put it on the sting to draw out the venom. One question: should the stinger be pulled out or scrapped out?

    • Stefan

      Hi Michael

      Thanks for the tip with the frozen butter knife. By the way, the cold doesn’t pull out the venom but it destroys the active protein. As to the stinger: best is pull it out with tweezers. Otherwise scraping is good too, if you only have a thin device.

  4. Chloe

    Good to know! I never knew the difference between bee and wasp stings, but now I do, so thanks :)
    I recently got stung 4 times, twice on each foot, whilst swimming. It was a wasp that got me, and although it wasn’t that painful (maybe it was a baby?), I had to just wait for the pain to subside….plus I was then scared to go back in the water! I wish I’d had this information back then, but at least I know now….so next time I get stung, there should be less running-round-screaming-like-a-girl.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Chloe

    • Stefan

      Hello Chloe

      thanks for your lively report! I’m glad you got some inspiration for the next sting attack 😉

      Take care, Stefan

  5. G.C.Horton

    Thanks for a very helpful post. I didn’t realize that wasps and hornet stings are alkaline and must be treated with vinegar whereas bees and yellow jacket stings are acidic and must be treated with baking soda. Good to know.

    Also, the Afterbite product you recommend is excellent. I keep it in my first-aid pouch when I’m backpacking.

  6. HolisticJB

    This is a great article. Bees and Wasps are at an all time high and busy in the gardens here at the moment and it’s only a matter of time before someone gets a sting or bite.
    This list of remedies is great and I will keep it in mind. Another solution (if you were isolated and not able to get any of your remedies…is a little unorthodox and gross…but if you put a little bit of your “pee” on the sting it actually neutralizes it and stops any swelling. Gross I know but it is true and does work – its common practice in Mauritius and India and having had to do it on 2 occasions I can honestly say it works a charm.

    • Stefan

      Hey there

      thank you so much for your shared experience. It’s not gross at all, when you suggest the radica solution which always is at hand 😉 I learned that in the boy scouts many years ago, but didn’t think of it when I worte the post. Urin is the one and only anti infection agent that works in every situation.

      Where are you from when you’re surrounded by bees and wasps right now? I’m living in cold Switzerland, brrrr…

      Hang on, Stefan

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