This article will tell you what you can do to help prevent bee stings and also how to treat them with things that you probably have right in your home. Of course, like with anything else, you should consult your doctor.
How can I prevent a bee sting?
- Since bees are attracted to sweet-smelling perfumes, you should refrain from wearing any cologne or perfumed product. This list includes hairspray, gel, and body lotions. The bees just love these things.
- When you see a bee, do not wave your arms and draw attention to yourself. Simply walk in the opposite direction.
- Try to stay away from open dumpsters and trash cans.
- If you are at an outdoor event, stay away from the food stands as much as possible.
- Do not walk around in your bare feet.
Ok, a bee just stung me. What should I do?
- Pull the stinger out as soon as possible.
- Go into the kitchen and grab some meat tenderizer. Quickly make a paste with a few drops of water, and rub this mixture onto the bite mark. Leave this paste on the wound for about five minutes. This is not medically proven.
I don’t have meat tenderizer! Now what do I do?
- A good substitute for meat tenderizer is baking soda. Make a mixture in the same manner as explained above. This is not quite as effective as the meat tenderizer, but it has nearly the same effect. This is not medically proven.
- If you do not have either of these cooking products, rinse the wound under cool water and apply some type of soothing Aloe Vera lotion or calamine lotion if you have it. This will do wonders for the burning and itching.
NOTE: Applying these lotions is still a good idea after using the paste mixture also.
I am swelling up like a balloon! What can I do?
- The first thing that you should do is take some Benadryl. This will help to decrease the swelling. If the swelling persists and it is vast, you should seek medical help immediately!
- If the bee sting begins to swell considerably over a large area, you should go to the emergency room immediately. You could be allergic to bees.
- If you are allergic to bees or other flying insects like wasps or hornets, you should invest in a bee sting kit with a shot that can be used in these emergencies.
Now that my sting is treated, how do I keep it from becoming infected?
ยท You should keep the area clean and allow the air to flow around it. This means do not bandage the wound.
How can I stop the itching?
- Soothe the itching with the tip from above: calamine lotion, Aloe Vera, or lanolin.
- Take an oatmeal bath. Just pour a half-cup of oatmeal into your bath. There are also over the counter oatmeal baths that come in individual packs. These are even better because they add Aloe Vera and other soothing agents.
Good luck and hopefully this will keep the bees away!