Generally, honey bees do not harm people unless they are bothered. So the best way to save yourself from bee stings is to leave bees alone. But, if by chance, you are stung by a bee, the very first thing to do is to ensure that no part of the stinger remains on the skin. Stings from different bee species make unique reactions on human skin. Wasps, yellow jackets and hornets generally do not leave the stingers behind. But, stingers of honey bees sometimes get embedded in the skin and will have to be removed by us. It is not a wise idea to squeeze the stinger out as it will release the remaining poison also within. Using fingernails scrap gently against the side of the stinger for taking it out. A credit card can also be effectively employed for pushing the stinger out. Applying an icepack on the affected part will also give a soothing feel.
Certain home-remedies are found to be more effective than chemical alternatives in neutralizing the acid present in bee poison. A paste made by mixing baking soda with water, if left on the affected part for twenty minutes is found to sooth the pain. A fresh slice of garlic or onion can also be placed on the stung portion. Calendula flower and plantain leaf are two commonly used herbal remedies for bee stings. Both the flower and the leaf should be directly rubbed on the affected part.
Though it is always wise not to harass a bee, certainly you can not stay indoors always. If you have no other option but to associate with the little honey-making wonders, try and avoid bright clothes. Strong perfumes and powerful fragrance of after-shave lotions are found to irritate bees. With a little care and respect for them, we can enjoy the outdoors in perfect harmony.
Avoid wearing bright clothing; forgo perfume or after-shave. With a little caution and some respect for these honey-making wonders, we can all enjoy the vibrant outdoors!
• Mix baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and water, adjusting until it makes a paste. Apply and leave it on the skin for 15 to 20 minutes.
• Apply a fresh slice of garlic or onion. These alliums also work internally, so they can be eaten as well.
• Calendula flower and plantain leaf are two effective plant remedies for bee stings. Again, rub the flower or leaf directly on the skin.
Different folks have different reactions to bee stings, but stings from various bee species can produce unique responses in the same person. If you know you’re allergic to bee stings, or think you’re having an allergic reaction, it’s critical that you receive medical attention immediately. In this case, the above remedies can still be helpful in slowing your reaction as you get to the nearest doctor or medical office.
While honey bees aren’t out to get you, the best advice is to give them space, and don’t accidentally attract them. Don’t harass a bee or try to approach a hive, unless you’re a beekeeper, in which case you hopefully have a bee suit!