Insect stingsCure of insects stings

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ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Homeopathic remedies try to match up a solution for the specific problem caused by the insect bite, but be mindful these are only one option. If the bitten individual is known to have serious allergic reactions to the venom in insect stings, s/he should be taken to a local medical facility as soon as possible. The following are some homeopathic solutions provided by Publix: Wellness and Pharmacy.

apis mellifica: If a bite or bee sting causes puffy, tender swelling that is pink or red and hot to the touch, this remedy may be helpful. The area stings and burns, and cold applications bring relief. (If a person is allergic to insect venom, especially bee-stings, Apis may help to reduce the swelling of the passages, given as first aid while on the way to emergency medical care.)

Cantharis: This remedy may be indicated if a bite or sting results in intensely burning, scalding pain. The area of inflammation is red, and blisters may develop.

Carbolicum acidum: This remedy is usually indicated in first-aid situations, while medical help is being sought. The person feels sick and weak, and may have trouble breathing, with a dark or reddish face that looks pale around the mouth.

Hypericum: This remedy is known for its soothing effect on injuries to nerve-rich body areas. It is also useful after puncture wounds, including bites and stings. Shooting pains or pains with numbness and tingling often are experienced when Hypericum is needed.

Ledum palustre: Swelling that extends some distance from the bite, often with a bluish tinge, a feeling of cold and numbness, and aching pain, suggests the use of this remedy. If the swollen part seems cold, but the application of ice or cold water brings relief, Ledum is strongly indicated.

Urtica urens: Reddish blotches that burn and itch intensely (like a nettle sting) after insect bites may be relieved with this remedy. It is also a useful remedy for hives that sting and itch.

marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm not sure what you mean by "cure." A quick and easy "feel better" remedy is to mix baking soda and water to create a paste and then slather it on the sting. It usually makes an immediate impact on the level of pain.

  I heartily agree with the first post about the soda & water paste!  Don't forget to let it dry and flake off by itself.  Another remedy is toothpaste for mosquito bites.  Hey, it really works! 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
One of the best things you can do for an insect sting is to apply ice. This will alleviate the pain, and the ice can be reapplied when it comes back. It is also a good idea to take an antihistamine. When I get a sting or bite I take Benedryl first, because I tend to develop an allergic reaction.
coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A homeopathic remedy I have heard of in relation to insect bites is chamomile cream. It is very mild, cool and creamy and usually applied through a tube of ointment. I'm not sure there is an actual 'cure' as such, but this cream is very soothing.

booksnmore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm not sure what you mean by "cure." A quick and easy "feel better" remedy is to mix baking soda and water to create a paste and then slather it on the sting. It usually makes an immediate impact on the level of pain.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As a child growing up, whenever I was stung by any type of insect my mother would always use the baking soda and water solution on them. Even now as an adult I use it and it does provide relief from the stinging.

versatilekamini | Student

There are dozens of insects whose bites or stings cause problems, and they can be split into two categories: venomous and non-venomous. A very effective way to neutralize the effects of a Bee or Wasp sting is to tape a copper penny directly on top of the sting. For some unknown reason, the chemical reaction of your skin to copper nullifies the poison. The next day you will be hard pressed to see a trace of the sting site.

giorgiana1976 | Student

Fleas or bugs stings

In this case you have to beware of infection. You need to wash the affected area with antibacterial soap and a to treat it with eucalyptus essential oil (do not forget to combine it with vegetable oil). You can also apply a mixture of 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar with 2 drops of essential oil of thyme.

Mosquito stings

These stings can create discomfort that lasts several days. Use lavender essential oil in their treatment.

Bee stings

Such stings can be very painful and can cause fever, headaches and even allergic reactions. Try to remove the needle and apply a cold compress that contains chamomile essential oil (in combination with a vegetable oil). Keep the compress on the affected area for several hours, if possible. Apply 1 drop of essential oil on the affected area 3 times daily for 2 days.

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