What can I do to relieve a wasp sting when my arm is really swollen

Wasp stings are painfully common in the summer months. It’s extremely annoying and frustrating to have to deal with the pain and irritation of insect bites and stings, when you were looking forward to a day of pleasurable activities and fun in the outdoors. For most people however a wasp or bee sting is just a nuisance and nothing more than a cause for some pain and swelling at the site of the sting. For some people however a wasp sting can be fatal. This is true when the person displays an allergic reaction to the sting and in such situations emergency medical attention is needed and is the only safe mode of treatment.

Natural remedies and salve remedies are quite effective for the usual stings, where there is no severe allergy, but if you notice any of the following symptoms seek immediate medical assistance.

  • Inflammation of the tongue
  • Breathing problems
  • Skin rash
  • nausea or vomiting
  • Blurring of vision

These symptoms are all indicative of a severe allergy and if not treated appropriately and promptly can result in death.

If the sting has not done no serious damage but has left just a painful swelling then you can turn to a number of natural home remedies to relieve the irritation and soothe the wound, without having to rely on any expensive and harsh products. There are a number of natural household ingredients and some which are even freely available in nature that you can simply apply over the wound to reduce the pain. This usually works within a few hours. The first thing you need to do however, no matter whether you wish to use natural treatment or not is to remove the stinger. A pair of tweezers with a fine tip should do just fine. You can even cover the area in a mud paste and remove the mud after it cakes to get rid of the stinger. This is particularly effective if the soil has clay, and the remedy comes in handy, when outdoors with no access to tweezers. After the stinger is out, clean the wound with warm soapy water and dab it dry. After this you can use a cold compress to minimize the swelling.

Raw garlic slices rubbed gently on to the area can also help to reduce the swelling and itching. You can also mix some ammonia with water and spread it over the sting site as it counteracts the acidity of the stinger serum. A mixture of baking soda and vinegar in equal parts is also very effective.

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