Wasps usually reside in temperate climates and are attracted by strong smells, and bright or dark colored clothes, especially with floral print. Wasp stings are less poisonous than bee stings or hornet stings but are quite painful. The symptoms associated with wasp stings are – nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, dizziness, etc. You may also suffer from increased heart rate, low blood pressure, swelling on body parts like face, throat, lips, lungs, etc., itching in the areas of the body not affected by the sting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, narrowing of air passage and some kind of allergy, which can prove fatal if not cured in time. You may experience large local reactions or anaphylactic shock. In case of absence of immediate medical care, victim must seek one of the following home remedies to get rid of wasp sting.
Home Remedies for Wasp Sting
1. Ice Pack
Wrap an ice cube with a paper towel or cotton cloth. Then apply it over the area where you have got wasp sting and press it for 20 minutes. Repeat this treatment every hour till you feel relieved from itching and redness. This will lessen pain and swelling.
2. Baking Soda
Mix baking soda and water. Apply the prepared paste over the area of wasp sting.
3. Epsom Salt
Add some water to Epsom salt, in order to make a thick paste. Apply it over the wasp sting to get rid of redness and swelling.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Soak a small cotton pad in ACV and place it over the affected area. The acid content in the vinegar will neutralize the venom present in the sting; thus, lessens swelling and inflammation.
5. White Vinegar
Since white vinegar is acidic, it neutralizes venom. You just need to dab a cotton ball soaked in white vinegar on the affected area.
6. Lemon Juice
Cut a wedge of lemon and hold the piece in the area affected by the wasp sting. Lemon works in similar manner as vinegar. The acid content in lemon neutralizes venom and helps reduce redness, itching and swelling.
Crush a clove of garlic. Add some salt to it. Apply it over the area where wasp stung. Cover with a band-aid and leave it. This will remove the redness and swelling caused due to wasp sting.
Slice an onion and place it over the wasp sting until you get comfort.
Place a slice of freshly cut cucumber on the wasp stung. The cooling effect of cucumber will help alleviate itchiness and redness on the bitten area.
Just like cucumber, potato also has cooling effect. Keep a slice of potato on the wasp sting to get relief from pain, swelling, itching and redness.
11. Olive Oil
Apply some olive oil on the affected area. This will help treat itching and redness caused due to wasp sting.
Apply some calamine lotion over the affected area and leave it for some time. It will soothe the area, provide relief from the discomfort.
Add some water to mud so as to form paste. Apply it on the affected area for about 15 minutes, in order to ease out the pain caused due to sting venom.
14. Meat Tenderizer
Add some water to unseasoned meat tenderizer. Use the resultant paste on the wasp sting.
Herbal Remedies to Cure Wasp Sting
Rub the petals of freshly plucked marigold flowers over the stung area. These petals aid in diminishing the redness, itching and swelling of the affected area.
Squeeze some fresh basil leaves on the area bitten by wasp. The antibiotic properties of the basil will effectively reduce the symptoms of wasp sting.
17. Aloe Vera
Apply gel of aloe vera to soothe the redness and itching caused due to insect bite.
- Alternatively, mix lavender oil, olive oil and aloe vera gel. Wash the affected area with soap and water, and then apply the prepared mixture. This will soothe the skin, along with reducing the itching and redness caused due to wasp bite.
Take some plantain leaves and chop them. Smear on the affected area.
19. Winter Savory
Extract the oil of winter savory by crushing the leaves. Apply it on the bitten area.
- The best home remedy for wasp or is prevention. Track down the wasp or yellow jacket nest and destroy it. If you have a hornet problem then use our home remedies to get rid of hornets.
- Get a tetanus inoculation to avoid the negative effect of wasp insect.
- Wear protective clothing.
- Make use of insect repellants.
- Remove any stingers that remain in the skin by scratching or scraping it immediately, to prevent further infection.
- Sting site must be washed with antiseptic soap and water.
- Increase the intake of vitamin C and E, minerals, whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
- Never try to agitate wasp nests by swatting them.
- Do not apply medication or ointment directly to the affected area. First wash the area before using any herbal remedy.