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15 Home Remedies for Wasp Stings

Wasp stings, while not nearly as poisonous as a bee sting, are still every bit as painful, if not more so. Wasps often hang out in temperate climates and can be attracted to just about anything, making virtually anyone a target of a wasp attack. There are a number of symptoms of a wasp sting, including burning sensations, dizziness, fever, headache, itching. These symptoms are quite frustrating but can be treated with home remedies for wasp stings.

There are also more severe wasp sting symptoms narrowing of the air passage, increased heart rate, stomach cramps, swelling or vomiting. These symptoms might indicate an allergic reaction. In this situation, it is advisable you see a doctor immediately.

In this article, we will discuss 15 home remedies for wasp stings. We will also provide you with a step-by-step guide.

1. Ice Pack

An ice pack pressed against the wasp sting can help numb it, stopping the pain. It can also reduce inflammation which is a common cause of the pain associated with a sting. Ice packs are simple to come by in any department store or drug store. If you do not want to go and get an ice pack, you can always make one yourself.

To make one yourself, just grab a baggie and some ice cubes. Put the ice cubes inside of the bag and you are all set.

Necessary Items

  • Ice pack or ice
  • A ziploc baggie

Directions

  • Press the ice pack to the side of your body that hurts.
  • Keep the ice on it for 15 minutes at a time.
  • Remove the ice pack and let your face sit on its own for 15 minutes.
  • Repeat this process until the pain goes away.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda is an alkaline substance. This means that it is great at restoring pH balance wherever it goes. It can neutralize the pain of the sting. It can also help improve the inflammatory status of the bite. This baking soda is often a common home ingredient, making it virtually free to use. All it takes is turning it into a paste.

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Directions

  • Put water together with a little bit of baking soda.
  • Mix it together inside of a small bowl.
  • Put the paste to the bite that is hurting with a cotton swab or some other similar tool.
  • Let it sit on the area for as long as it takes to make the pain go away.

3. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is similar to baking soda in the way that it can neutralize any area that it is used on. Epsom salt can help with the sharp and throbbing pain that comes with a wasp bite while taking down the inflammation to further help the pain. Epsom salt is commonly used for taking baths in, so a lot of people already have it at home.

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Directions

  • Put water together with a little bit of Epsom salt.
  • Mix it in a small bowl.
  • Rub it onto the bite using a cotton ball.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is on the other end of the pH spectrum but is still effective in treating a wasp sting at home. It is often used in cooking, making it great for those who need a cheap solution.

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Directions

  • Clean the wound.
  • Pour a bit of Apple Cider Vinegar onto a cotton swab.
  • Use medical or scotch tape and secure the cotton ball to the sting.
  • Repeat this step once every 12 hours or so.
  • Continue this process for one week until the sting has gone down.

5. White Vinegar

White vinegar is every bit as acidic as apple cider vinegar. It can neutralize the poison from the sting and stop the pain. It is often used in cooking, making it great for those who need a cheap home remedy for wasp stings.

Necessary Items

  • White Vinegar
  • Cotton Swab
  • Medical or scotch tape

Directions

  • Clean the wound.
  • Put some of the vinegar onto a cotton swab.
  • Use medical tape and tape the cotton ball to the sting.
  • Repeat this process once every 12 hours.
  • Continue this process for one week until the sting has gone down.

6. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is one of the most acidic things out there. This means it rivals the two kinds of vinegar above as one of the best ways to draw out poison from a wasp sting. With the poison gone, the inflammation dies down and the pain can finally cease. Lemons are cheap at the store and you only need one, making this a cheap home remedy.

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Necessary Items

  • Lemon juice
  • Cotton Swab
  • Medical or scotch tape

Directions

  • Clean the wound.
  • Cut up a slice or two of the lemons onto a cotton swab.
  • Use medical or scotch tape and secure the lemon chunks to the sting.
  • Repeat this step once every 12 hours or so.
  • Continue this process for one week until the sting has gone down.

7. Garlic

Garlic is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antibacterial. It can help clean the wound while its pungent nature neutralizes the sting itself. You can use garlic oil, but it is recommended that you use fresh garlic for best results.

Necessary Items   

  • Medical or scotch Tape
  • Garlic
  • Tape

Directions

  • Clean the bite.
  • Slice up a piece or two of the garlic.
  • Attach the garlic to the wound using medical or scotch tape.

8. Onion

Onions have always been known to be effective in drawing out toxins. Using an onion to get rid of infection and bacteria in the sting is efficient and requires little effort on your part. With the toxins and infection removed, you can get relief from your wasp sting.

Necessary Items

  • Onion
  • Tape

Directions

  • Clean the wound.
  • Cut up a slice or two of the onion.
  • Stick it onto the bite itself.
  • Secure it with tape.

9. Cucumber

Cucumber is a cooling, soothing vegetable that boasts several benefits for the skin. In this sense, it can help soothe the irritated skin around the area where the wasp stung you. This is good for application right after the sting has occurred for pain relief.

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Necessary Items

  • Cucumber
  • Tape

Directions

  • Clean off the bite.
  • Pat it dry.
  • Slice up the cucumber.
  • Use medical or scotch tape and stick the cucumber chunks to the sting.
  • Perform these steps once every 12 hours.
  • Continue this process for one week until the sting has gone down.

10. Potato

A potato is cold and soothing when the guts of it are pressed to your skin. That can provide pain relief while the wasp sting heals up. Potatoes are easy and inexpensive to come by if you do not already ahve one in your home.

Necessary Items

  • Potato
  • Scotch or medical tape

Directions

  • Clean the wound.
  • Cut off a large chunk of the potato.
  • Use medical or scotch tape and attach the potato to the bite.
  • Be sure that the “guts” of the potato re what is pressing against the bite.
  • Perform this step once every 12 hours or so.
  • Keep doing this for one week until the bite has gone down.

11. Calamine

Calamine lotion has been made specifically to soothe sores and stings on the skin such as a wasp sting. This lotion is designed to soothe the pain and the itchiness of the sting. This is so that you do not scratch at the wound and make it even worse. Calamine lotion can be picked up at most drug stores for a reasonable price, making this a viable and practical home remedy.

Necessary items

Directions

  • Apply a generous amount of calamine lotion to the affected area.
  • Repeat as necessary.

12. Mud

Mud or dirt, while it may seem strange, is great at cooling down the sting. It also features minerals and can help to soothe the skin and neutralize the pain. If you don’t have any mud on hand, make dirt into a paste. This is especially useful when you get stung in the woods, for example, or anywhere else that is away from home.

Necessary items

  • Water
  • Dirt

Directions

  • Put water together with a little bit of dirt.
  • Mix it in a small bowl.
  • Put the paste to the bite with a cotton swab or some other similar tool.
  • Let it sit on the area for as long as it takes to make the pain go away.  

13. Meat Tenderizer

Meat tenderizer is used to help make meat softer and more pliable, easier to work with and more enjoyable to eat. It can also help treat skin that has been irritated in some way, especially in terms of bug bites or stings. Meat tenderizer is cheap at the store.

Necessary items

Directions

  • Put water together with a little bit of Meat tenderizer.
  • Mix it in a small bowl.
  • Use the paste that forms and put it on the bite.
  • Let it rest on the area for as long as it takes to make the pain go away.

14. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is especially useful at soothing irritated skin. This compound is, for instance, most commonly used to soothe painful sunburns. This makes it ideal for soothing the skin around a wasp bite as well. You can use it form a bottle, in juice or oil form or break off a piece from a plant.

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Directions

  • Apply aloe vera directly to the wound.
  • Do not rinse it off.
  • Keep doing this for as long as it takes to heal the wound. In the meantime, it will soothe the sting.

15. Basil 

Basil is known to both neutralize and draw out toxins in the skin. This makes it perfect for helping to remove the inflammation and the pain of the bite. It is best used as an essential oil that is topically applied.

Necessary items

Directions

  • Blend the basil essential oil with the vegetable oil or olive oil. The vegetable or olive oil will help carry the oil into the skin.
  • Place the essential oils onto the painful bite.
  • The basil essential oil will relieve the pain and swelling from the bite. 

Conclusion

Wasp stings are painful and uncomfortable. As long as you are not allergic to these stings, you can use home remedies for wasp stings instead of going to a doctor and spending way too much money.

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