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  • First aid for insect stings?

    While checking my garden I must have disturbed something that didn't want to be disturbed. I got stung on my finger, and up by my elbow. So the whole arm hurts. I took a benadryl, and put some benadryl cream on the stings. I can breathe ok. I can move my finger, but it is swollen. Anything else I should be doing? Thanks!
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  • #2
    I usually use ice first as soon as I get stung (and we have some nasty stinging red hornets here in Florida), and then apply the benadryl spray. I think you have done what you can other than ice it, but yes, keep an eye on your breathing.

    I hate getting stung! Hope you heal up okay.
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    • #3



      Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


      • #4
        I don't know if it works for stings other than wasps but straight Absorbine works great to take the sting out of wasp stings.


        • #5
          In have been told ammonia works well on insect bites (if you are out and about, mother nature may have a source if you are not girlish)

          When i got stung the other day I took a benadril, put ice on it and put a couple of crushed leaves of Plantago lanceolata on the sting. It worked immediately!!!
          Since I got stunk right on the joint it hurt right away, wrist and all, but since I was close to the house and luckily have weds in my lawn...


          • #6
            I have had good luck with holding ice on the sting of hornets until the ice cubes melted. Kept the site from swelling and pain was much reduced.

            We have those kind of weeds all around, I will have to try that next time! Thank you for the tip. The Absobine is also interesting, I will try it as well.

            Our Cicadia Wasps have just emerged, just as huge and pretty as always. However they DON'T STING, so please don't kill them if you have them around. Reddish looking and about 2 inches long, they emerge from holes in the ground, usually gravel or sandy dirt. We have had them since we moved here, and despite INTENSE aggravation by my son when small, cats stalking them, they have never stung anyone here.


            • #7
              What a timely thread. The wasps that love the pear tree near the paddock got me this evening. My ankle is 2x its normal size and very tender. Unfortunately I didn't have ice/benadryl with me at the time. Oh well, Lesson learned.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Alagirl View Post
                When i got stung the other day I took a benadril, put ice on it and put a couple of crushed leaves of Plantago lanceolata on the sting. It worked immediately!!!
                my friend swears by plantain weed, she takes a broad leaf, chews it and then puts the chewed leaf right on the sting.

                I used ice, ichthammol, and when nasty bee stings go through their initial pain stage and then get horribly itchy, honey.
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                • #9
                  I put toothpaste on the sting to draw out the poisin. Then cortizone cream to stop the itching. and ice for swelling reduction.


                  • #10
                    I smear on poultice right away when I get a sting, and it takes away the burn or itch and prevents swelling. BUT, I do not have allergies (so far), and would not be calm about it if my whole hand or arm or foot started to swell!

                    Hope it resolves quickly for you!


                    • #11

                      I have a little gadget that works impressively for stings. I'm amazed that everyone doesn't have one in their home as it eliminates the pain of bee/wasp stings immediately. I don't think that you can use if for spider bites. I really think that it should be a part of every household first aid kit. I have nothing to do with the company, I just think it's a product that's really worth endorsing.



                      • #12
                        Old bee keepers remedy - vinegar. Just soak paper towel, wash cloth, or cotton ball and apply to bite immediately. Leave wet cloth on sting for 5 -10 minutes. Voila.

                        Works for bee, hornet, or yellow jacket bites. Yes, I got stung last week (while cleaning tack on the patio) and put this to use again. It did the trick & I was back to work in less than 15 minutes; no ouch or itch. I've heard that a paste of meat tenderizer/MSG works as well and on the same principal, but I've never actually tried it as the vinegar is so handy, quick , & cheap.


                        • #13
                          Anti-perspirant with aluminum chlorhydrate.

                          My husband was clearing blackberries on our hillside when he uncovered a wasp hive. He raced down the hill with the wasps in hot pursuit, and...well...they were faster.

                          We had nothing on hand, so I googled for home remedies and found the pitstop suggestion. It eased the pain and reduced the swelling.

                          A few days later, my sister was stung by bees while gardening. I suggested using anti-perspirant and she was impressed with the results.
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