Some people often mistake a wasp sting for a bee sting. One of the differences between a bee and wasp sting is that wasps can actually sting you multiple times while bees only sting you once.
Why Wasp Swell (Inflammation) Occurs
- The swelling occurs due to the venom that the wasp injects after a couple of stings.
- Components found in this venom causes the swelling, while others cause more dangerous side effects.
What to Do When Stung by a Wasp
Wasp stings what to do first aid action includes the following steps:
- Clean the wound with alcohol or peroxide.
- Apply cold compress on the area. Use an ice or cloth wrap as wasp stings home remedy for 30 minutes. Do not apply ice directly on the swell.
- Wash the affected area with vinegar or lemon juice to neutralize the venom and reduce swelling.
- Baking soda and water can also be applied on the site.
- Calamine lotion should be used for soothing purposes.
- Should the wasp sting swelling persist, take antihistamines orally or use and apply antihistamine cream over the swollen area.
- If severe allergic reaction occurs, it is best to seek professional medical help as soon as possible.
- Look out for symptoms such as puffy face and swollen lips, stomach cramps, general feeling of being unwell, and feeling faint as indication of immediate medical attention.
Also see First Aid for Jelly Fish Sting & Hornet Sting Swelling