Bee stings are quite annoying for a vast majority of people. While the never really experience any major complications as the result of something like this, they do tend to experience temporary symptoms at the site of the sting such as the following:
- Sharp pain
Those who are allergic to bees or who end up getting stung multiple times will experience more problematic, even life-threatening, situations.
Whenever a honeybee stings you, the insect’s stinger is released into your skin. This causes the honeybee to eventually die, and this is the only species of bee that this happens to, as wasps and other species of bees do not lose their stingers after they sting another living thing. Furthermore, they can also sting you more than once if they wish to do so.
If you do end up getting stung, a venomous toxin is then left behind, which can cause not only pain, but other various symptoms as well. There are some people who are actually allergic to this toxin.
A more mild allergic reaction can cause symptoms at the site of the sting such as an increased amount of swelling and extreme redness.
Allergic reactions that are more severe in nature, however, can often result in the following symptoms:
- Skin that is pale in color
- Severe itching
- Tongue and/or throat swelling
- Having difficulty breathing
- Increased pulse
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
If you begin to experience any type of severe allergic reaction after being stung by a bee, it is recommended that you seek medical attention immediately. This is because you may be experiencing something serious such as anaphylactic shock, which is an allergic reaction that can be life-threatening.
Oils and Herbs
There are also various oils and herbs that possess healing properties and which can also potentially help relieve the symptoms of a bee sting. These include the following:
This not only helps relieve pain, but also soothes skin as well. If you have an aloe vera plant in your home, all you need to do is simply break off one of the leaves and squeeze out the gel onto the site of the sting.
This is an antiseptic that is mostly used to help ease skin irritation and heal minor wounds. To help heal a sting, simply apply the cream directly to the affected area, then cover it with a bandage.
Lavender Essential Oil
This helps to relieve swelling due to its anti-inflammatory abilities. Simply dilute the oil with what’s referred to as a carrier oil (i.e. olive oil or coconut oil). Then, apply just a few drops to the site of the sting.
Tea Tree Oil
This is likely to help ease the pain of a bee sting due to the fact that it is a natural antiseptic. Similar to the process involving lavender essential oil, simply dilute with a carrier oil and apply one drop to the affected area.
This is perhaps one of the best herbal remedies for not just bee stings, but other various types of insect bites as well. This is a substance that helps to reduce pain, itching, and swelling. Simply apply the desired amount to the site of the sting as needed.
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