when the arm is red and very swollen from a wasp sting is there a natural cure?

A wasp is an insect that usually stings a person only when faced with the fear of being attacked or hurt or when its nest is disturbed. A sting generally leaves a mild irritation, redness, soreness or an itching sensation. Pain and inflammation are other symptoms of a wasp sting. A tingling sensation is felt almost immediately after the sting and may gradually increase, accompanied by swelling of the affected area. The reaction normally does not exceed a span of 12 hours and a wasp sting is, in most cases, harmless. However, if the inflammation and discomfort persists and is accompanied by vomiting, nausea, anxiety, headaches, lightheadedness or cramps, visiting a doctor at the earliest is recommended.

A cold compress made by wrapping a few ice cubes in a towel and placing it on the affected area for 20-25 minutes will reduce the inflammation and soreness. Ice should never be used directly on the skin as it can cause further damage.

Removing the sting of the wasp from the skin is a priority as the sting is what causes the pain and inflammation. Wash the affected area with cold water and a mild antiseptic solution. A mixture of a few drops of tea tree oil and cold water will prove beneficial in cleansing the area. Tea tree oil is known to reduce inflammation and infection. Gently rub the skin, where the sting is located, with a coarse towel. This will help in dislodging the sting from the skin. For removing wasp sting, pulling the blunt side of a knife, along the skin, in the direction opposite to that of the entry of the sting will also prove beneficial in the removal process. The sting resembles a tiny splinter.

Pressing a cotton swab, dipped in apple cider vinegar, on the site of the puncture will help by counteracting the effects of the venom deposited by the sting. Dabbing on a few drops of lemon juice may also prove beneficial in neutralizing the effects of the sting. Aloe gel is known for its ability to prevent skin damage and quicken the healing process. It is also an excellent anti-inflammatory agent. Applying a liberal layer of aloe gel on the affected area of the skin will help in bringing down the inflammation gradually while promoting healing. Placing a cucumber slice on the area of the sting will also help in minimizing the pain and discomfort. Applying crushed garlic or onion to the area is also believed to draw out pain and reduce inflammation.

answered by G M

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