The wasp sting it is a not uncommon eventuality that can have very unpleasant consequences, especially if they suffer from it are particularly prone to allergies. Not panicking is the first step to take, although to accompany an immediate redness there is generally a fairly acute pain. Fortunately, in the absence of severe allergic reactions, it is possible to take advantage of various natural remedies against the wasp bite.
The wasps are flying insects which, unlike bees, can sting several times repeatedly. Trying to get away and take cover is therefore a primary necessity.
If the wasp sting causes particularly annoying symptoms, it is essential to contact a doctor or go to the nearest emergency room. In this way it will be possible to exclude a real one anaphylactic shock, which usually manifests itself with difficulty in breathing, nausea, vomiting and faintness, swelling of the oral cavity.
Wasp sting, what to do?
Immediately after a wasp bite, several can manifest themselves symptoms. The affected area becomes red, swollen and painful, itching and burning is felt and a small raised white surface is generally noted, which indicates the actual sting.
Act promptly to try to identify the sting of the wasp it is essential, possibly providing for the removal and subsequent washing of the affected area with cold water and soap.
As mentioned, in most cases the symptoms are limited to the appearance of temporary discomfort that requires a do-it-yourself intervention: it is possible to use ointments and medicines antihistaminesHowever, there are also numerous natural remedies that neutralize swelling and itching, promoting full healing of the skin.
Wasp sting: natural remedies
There are various natural remedies that reduce the swelling and pain caused by wasp stings, naturally in conditions of normal discomfort and in the absence of severe reactions. As already mentioned, if after the accident there are worrying consequences such as angioedema – or swelling of the mucous membranes, such as on the lips – or respiratory disorders, it is necessary to go immediately to the emergency room.
Natural remedies are not a substitute for the antihistamine treatments recommended by the doctor nor are they able to stop an anaphylactic reaction, for which the support of specialists will be necessary.
Have the ice it can help soothe the swelling caused by the sting very quickly. It is necessary to apply an ice pack or some cubes wrapped in a cloth to the affected area, leaving it to act for a quarter of an hour in order to obtain benefits from the point of view of both swelling and burning.
Ice should never be placed directly on the skin, to avoid real burns. Again, in case of persistent pain, it is better to alternate 15 minutes of application with another 15 of rest.
The bicarbonate it is an effective natural remedy: it is sufficient to mix a small portion with water, until you obtain a soft compound to be rubbed on the skin and left on for a few minutes before rinsing.
The absorbent abilities of this powder will help the body to dispose of the irritating and poisonous liquid injected by the insect faster.
The calendula it has always been known as a grandmother’s remedy with soothing and calming properties. This is because its properties are very similar to those of an antihistamine, given the presence of good doses of quercetin.
To treat wasp stings, you can choose a cream solution – available in all herbalists – and apply it on the area to be treated, without massaging vigorously to avoid irritating the wound.
The lemon juice, thanks to its acidity, it can mildly counteract the action of the wasp venom, making itching, pain and swelling less insistent.
You can simply pour a few drops on the area to be treated or, if you only have the fruit, cut a slice and lay it for a few minutes over the bite.
L’aloe vera it has an immediately refreshing effect and can reduce the swelling caused by the bites of various insects. This is thanks to the gel contained within the leaves of this vegetable, with the most diverse uses for health.
It is sufficient to spread a thick layer of gel on the bite, without massaging: the sensation of freshness will have a slightly anesthetizing effect.
Similarly to lemon, also the acidity ofvinegar it can counteract the venom of wasps. Furthermore, it can also accelerate healing by neutralizing the presence of opportunistic bacteria on the skin, which could take advantage of the wound and cause infections. It is sufficient to pour a few drops on a sterile gauze, to be placed on top of the puncture.
The melissa it is known for its calming and soothing action, thanks to the mucilage it is rich in. The latter in fact create a real barrier on the skin and mucous membranes, preventing the action of external agents and reducing the discomfort due to rubbing.
It can be applied directly in a pack, after creating and letting an infusion cool, or place the moistened leaves directly on the skin.
Even the basil it can help to counteract the discomfort caused by a wasp sting, thanks to some active ingredients with a mildly anesthetizing effect.
To use it, just chop about three basil leaves – you can also pass them in a mortar, as if it were a pesto – and collect the juicy fruit. This can be placed on the area to be treated.
The potatoes they have always been a useful discovery for the skin, and it is no coincidence that they are also used to solve sunburn problems during the summer. And they are also great for managing insect bites.
It is sufficient to cut them into thin slices, to be placed on top of the bite. If the area is not overly swollen, you may also want to consider rubbing the tuber lightly on the skin.
Garlic and onion
L’garlic it has always been known for its antibacterial and slightly antihistamine activity and, for this reason, it can also be useful for managing a painful wasp sting.
It can be sliced and minced in a thin way, until obtaining a soft paste. To strengthen its soothing action, you can also add a few slices of onion.
Persistent swelling after 24 hours: what to do?
The pain and the swelling caused by the wasp sting can follow two profoundly different evolutions. Generally, redness and swollen areas should return to normal within a couple of hours.
In some cases, these unwelcome effects can, however, persist for up to 24 hours, due to anhypersensitivity to poison insect. In this case, you need to go to your doctor who might recommend a short treatment with antihistamines or cortisone, even if only for topical and external use.
Wasp venom: when to worry
As already mentioned, some people are particularly sensitive to the venom of wasps and all hymenoptera, so much so that the sting could also have very important consequences on health.
One of the main reasons to worry is the immediate onset of particularly severe symptoms. Within moments of the bite, allergy sufferers can manifest itself tachycardiafeeling faint, excessive swelling of the bite site, angioedema on lips and in the oral case and feeling of difficulty in breathing. It is therefore necessary to go to the hospital immediately to stop the anaphylactic reaction in progress.
Even in those who have never experienced allergies, it is important to remain alert if the possible wasp sting occurs in delicate areas of the body as eye contour, face in general and neck.
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