Wasp sting is a very painful condition. Often the condition can be life threatening especially when it affects young children, elderly or individuals sensitive to the venom of wasp. The symptoms may range from mild irritation to severe anaphylactic reactions.
Symptoms Bee And Wasp Stings In Children
The common symptoms observed in case of a bee and wasp sting in children and adults are as follows:
- Severe pain and burning sensation at the site of the wasp sting
- Swelling and localized inflammation which can increase in size over a period of time
- Severe localized itching and occasionally may develop into generalized itching
- In case of some individuals, a wasp sting may result in allergic reaction, which may be presented in the form of urticaria, skin rashes and hives all over the body
- The allergic reaction may often be associated with wheezing and difficulty in breathing
- Occasionally, an individual may suffer from dizziness and nausea after wasp sting
- Rarely, the condition may result in an anaphylactic shock
Treatment For Wasp Sting In Children
It is critical to treat the sting immediately as the condition is extremely painful for children.
- Firstly, remove the stinger from the skin. One may use a tweezers or a dull knife and scrape in the opposite direction of the sting
- After removing the sting, wash the sting area with water and soap to avoid the spread of the venom. Alternatively one could also wash the area with hydrogen peroxide to avoid any infection.
- After thoroughly washing the site with cold water, apply ice around the area of the sting. Do not put the ice directly on the skin as it may result in burning, instead wrap ice in a handkerchief or a piece of cloth and apply it on the affected area.
- Continue the application of ice for about 10 to 15 minutes. Application of ice will reduce inflammation, redness and swelling at the site of the sting.
Natural Remedies For Wasp Stings
- Local application of baking soda mixed in cold water can help reduce itching and burning at the sting site.
- Application of a slice of cucumber, potato or onion helps smoothen the affected area and reduce soreness.
- Aloe vera gel can hasten the process of healing and reduce pain and itching at the sting area. Aloe vera has a cooling effect and hence it also helps in reducing inflammatory response at the site of the sting.
- Local application of freshly extracted lemon juice helps neutralize the effect of the venom and hastens recovery.
- One of the most frequently used home based treatments for wasp sting is tobacco. Chew some tobacco and then apply the paste of tobacco and saliva at the site of the sting. This helps to relieve pain.
- Alternately, application of olive oil is also considered beneficial in the treatment of wasp sting.