Wasps are quite common and often pose a danger as a wasp sting is venomous. One must be on the lookout for Wasps and wasp nests.I have given you a list of amazing home remedies to get rid wasp sting pain and swelling.

Wasps are found in regions with warm or temperate climate.Wasp stings are extremely painful and can prove to be fatal if not cured in time. The most commonly known wasps are the Yellow Jackets and Hornets.

Wasp nests made in or near houses, roof spaces, buildings poses a great threat as the wasps might sting people close to them. Wasps are attracted by strong smells, bright, dark colored or floral printed clothes.

Wasps are equipped with a stinger for self-defense. The stinger contains venom that is transmitted during the sting. Unlike bees who can sting only once, wasps can sting multiple times during an attack as their stinger remains intact and does not get stuck in the skin of the victim.

Stings are extremely painful and in rare cases cause an anaphylactic shock to the victim. In most cases, wasp stings can be cured using simple home remedies. However, if the symptoms worsen and cause an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical consultation from a doctor. 

Symptoms of a Wasp Sting:

Normally, one might experience pain, burning sensation, itchiness, redness and slight swelling. These symptoms will disappear after a few hours. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever, dizziness, headache, etc.

If one has an allergic reaction to the venom, it can prove to be fatal and lead to an anaphylactic shock. In such a case, immediate medical care must be taken. If the following symptoms occur, seek immediate medical advice:

  • If a wasp stings inside your nose or mouth which will block the air passage and affect breathing.
  • If a wasp stings several times or when stung by several wasps.
  • If there is any difficulty in breathing due to the narrowing of the air passage.
  • If one experiences dizziness, nausea or blurry vision.
  • When there is an increase in heart rate and low blood pressure.
  • If there is an alarming swelling or itchiness in body parts that are not affected by the sting.
  • If there is any difficulty in talking or your speech is slurred due to the swelling of your tongue.

Home Remedies To Get Rid of Wasp Sting:

Before trying any remedy, ensure that the stinger is removed from the skin. It can be removed by scraping it out which will prevent any subsequent release of the venom. Always wash the affected area with soap and water before using any home or herbal remedy.

The Home Remedies to get rid of Wasp stings are as follows:

1.Ice:

Ice is the most simple and readily available home remedy. It provides immediate relief and helps to reduce the pain.

How to use Ice to get rid of Wasp stings?

Place an ice cube or an ice pack on the affected area for 15-20 minutes which will reduce the swelling and the pain.

Ensure that the ice is covered with a thin cotton towel before applying it to the skin. Repeat this treatment till there is relief from the itching and redness.

2.Toothpaste:

Application of toothpaste is an effective measure to soothe the pain of the wasp sting.

How to use Toothpaste to get rid of Wasp stings?

Apply the toothpaste directly on the affected area. Let it remain till the pain and inflammation subside. Repeat this treatment till there is relief from the pain. 

3.Baking Soda:

Baking soda is available in the kitchen and ensures relief from the pain and swelling.

How to use Baking soda to get rid of Wasp sting?

Mix Baking soda and water. Apply the mixture on the affected area and let it remain till the pain and swelling subside.

4.Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar:

Both are available in the kitchen and the acid in the vinegar helps to neutralize the venom providing relief from the pain and swelling.This is best way to cure wasp sting pain.

How to use Vinegar to get rid of Wasp sting?

Soak a cotton pad with Vinegar/Apple Cider vinegar and place it over the wound till the pain subsides. One could also drizzle a few drops of vinegar directly on the affected area.

5.Lemon Juice:

Lemons are available in the kitchen and work in a way similar to vinegar. The acidic properties of Lemon help to neutralize the venom, thus reducing the pain, redness, and swelling.

How to use Lemon Juice to get rid of Wasp sting?

Cut a wedge of lemon and place it over the affected area or one could drizzle a few drops of lemon juice directly on the wound to reduce the inflammation and swelling.

6.Garlic:

Garlic is available in the kitchen and smothered garlic helps to reduce the pain and swelling.

How to use Garlic to get rid of Wasp sting?

Crush a clove of garlic and add half a tablespoon of salt. Apply the mixture over the affected area and cover it with a band-aid.Leave it to rest. This will remove the swelling and redness caused by the sting.

7.Onion:

Onion is available in the kitchen and provides comfort to the area stung by the wasp.

How to use Onion to get rid of Wasp sting?

Slice an onion in half and apply it over the affected area till the pain subsides.

8.Cucumber:

Cucumber is available in the kitchen and has cooling properties which reduce the inflammation and itchiness.

How to use Cucumber to get rid of Wasp sting?

Place a slice of freshly cut cucumber over the affected area till the redness and pain subside.

9.Potato:

Potato is available in the kitchen and like cucumber, it also has cooling properties which reduce the inflammation and itchiness.

How to use Potato to get rid of Wasp sting?

Place a slice of potato over the affected area till the redness, swelling and pain subside.

10.Olive Oil:

Olive oil is available in the kitchen and has soothing properties which help to reduce the itchiness and redness caused by the wasp sting.

How to use Olive Oil to get rid of Wasp sting?

Apply the Olive Oil over the affected area and leave it to rest for some time. This will reduce the itchiness and redness caused by the wasp sting.

11.Calamine Lotion:

Calamine Lotion has soothing properties and provides immediate relief from the discomfort caused by the wasp sting.

How to use Calamine Lotion to get rid of Wasp sting?

Apply the Calamine Lotion directly on the affected area and leave it for some time. This will provide immediate relief from the redness, itching, and pain.

12.Epsom Salt:

Epsom salt is Magnesium Sulphate and is readily available in Grocery stores. It is used to reduce the swelling and redness.

How to use Epsom Salt to get rid of Wasp sting?

Mix Some Epsom salt with water to make a thick paste. Apply to it over the affected area to provide relief from the pain and swelling.

13.Mud:

Mud is readily available and has cooling properties which provide relief from the pain and redness caused by the wasp sting.

How to use Mud to get rid of Wasp sting?

Add some water to the mud to make a paste and apply it on the affected area for 15-20 minutes till the pain subsides.

14.Marigold:

Marigold flowers found in the garden can be used to reduce the pain caused by the wasp sting.

How to use Marigold to get rid of Wasp sting?

Rub the petals of freshly plucked Marigold flowers over the affected area which helps in reducing the pain, itchiness and swelling.

15.Basil:

Basil has antibiotic properties which will effectively reduce the pain caused by the Wasp sting.

How to use Basil to get rid of Wasp sting?

Crush a couple of fresh Basil leaves to release the natural herbal oils and hold it directly over the affected area which will reduce the pain, swelling and itching.

16.Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera has soothing, antibiotic properties which will reduce the symptoms caused by the wasp sting.

How to use Aloe Vera to get rid of Wasp sting?

Spit the Aloe Vera leaf open and apply the gel directly on the affected area which will provide relief from the redness and itching.

17.Plantain:

Plantain has soothing, antibiotic properties which will reduce the symptoms caused by the wasp sting.

How to use Plantain to get rid of Wasp sting?

Chop some Plantain leaves and add some warm water. Mix it well and apply it on the affected area.

Always be on a lookout for wasp nests near your residence and never try to agitate any nests. Keep insect repellents handy.

Before applying any medication or home remedy, ensure that is the stinger is removed from the skin. Always wash the affected area with soap and water before using any home remedy.

Do not hesitate to seek medical services if the symptoms worsen or if the victim suffers from an allergic reaction.

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Dr. Hitesh Sharma was instrumental in managing various capacties of Wellness/integrative medicine/Diagnostics & pathology for years together. After proving his skills and abilities in the Wellness domain, he then diversified into the Spa and Wellness domain working as an Ayurveda and Lifestyle Consultant.He is currently a Wellness Leader, Head of Body Sciences and manages the Wellness and Spa center at The BodyHoliday, LeSPORT @ Saint Lucia, North America