Bee stings can be one of the most annoying and painful insect-caused discomforts you can experience. If the irritation is severe enough, we strongly recommend visiting a medical professional. But, if you are looking for a quick fix, here are a few helpful tips and tricks on how to treat a bee sting at home:
Removing the stinger
This one goes without saying, but is an essential step people often miss. Once a bee has stung you, scan the area for a protruding stinger. Carefully pull it out with your fingers or perhaps some eyebrow tweezers for accuracy. Then gently wash the area with cold, soapy water for a quick sterilization.
This is a classic remedy for a range of skin irritations and similar conditions, such as bee stings. Simply apply some Aloe Vera oil or gel onto the sting to soothe the pain. Beyond this, an actual Aloe Vera plant would do the job just as well.
Another one of the classics, Witch Hazel has been tried-and-tested for generations as an insect-bite herbal remedy. Simply apply a small amount to the affected area and dab gently into the skin.
Baking soda paste
This one is a little different, but it’s been known to work all the same. Mix a small amount of baking soda with cold water to form a paste. Then apply the paste to the bee sting. This will help draw out any venom left behind by the bee’s stinger and should ease the pain considerably with time.
Surprisingly, honey has been known to display some antiseptic qualities when applied to insect bites or even bee stings. Simply apply a small amount to the stung area and let it get to work. You can also cover the honey with a bandage if you like. But, if you do decide on honey, make sure it’s 100% natural. General honey could do more harm than good.