When a bumblebee or a honeybee attacks, it leaves its stinger and attached venom sac in the skin. In most cases, the sting creates only slight pain, swelling and irritation. It is more of a nuisance than a concern. However, look for signs of an allergic reaction, such as swollen eyelids or hands, difficulty breathing or wheezing, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting and the appearance of a hive-like rash. For these symptoms, go immediately to the emergency room or your doctor's office. The bee sting can be fatal in people who are allergic to its venom.
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch and Mark Stengler
Super Prescription #1 Homeopathic Apis
Take a 30C potency every thirty minutes to reduce swelling and pain. The stinging or burning pain, along with great swelling, is reduced with cold applications.
Super Prescription #2 Homeopathic Carbolic Acid
Take a 30C potency every five minutes to reduce severe reactions to a bee sting, while waiting to get conventional therapy with an epinephrine injection.
Super Prescription #3 Homeopathic Ledum
Take a 30C potency every thirty minutes to reduce swelling and pain. The person has a bruising pain that feels better with cold applications.
Super Prescription #4 Vitamin C - LifeSource Products - See All of our Vitamin
Take 1,000 mg three times daily to reduce swelling and inflammation. Note: Reduce the dosage if loose stools occur.
Super Prescription #5 Phyto Greens - Super Greens - LifeSource Products - See All of our Phyto
Take a super green food product, such as spirulina, chlorella, or a combination of greens, to reduce the inflammatory response. Take directed on the container.
Super Prescription # 6 Bach Flower Rescue Remedy
This decreases anxiety and emotional upset. Take 10 drops four times daily.
Super Prescription #7 Quercetin - LifeSource Product
Take 500 mg three times daily. This flavonoid reduces inflammation of the skin.
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Tips for Avoiding a Bee Sting
- Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing.
- Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos and deodorants. Don't wear cologne or perfume. Avoid bananas and banana-scented toiletries.
- Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. Sweat angers bees.
- Cover the body as much as possible with clothing.
- Avoid flowering plants.
- Check for new nests during the warmer hours of the day during July, August and September. Bees are very active then.
- Keep outside areas clean. Social wasps thrive in places where humans discard food, so clean up picnic tables, grills and other outdoor eating areas.
- If a single stinging insect is flying around, remain still or lie face down on the ground. The face is the most likely place for a bee or a wasp to sting. Winging or swatting at an insect may cause it to sting.
- If you are attacked by several stinging insects at the same time, run to get away from them. Bees release a chemical when they sting. This alerts other bees to the intruder. More bees often follow Go indoors. Outdoors, a shaded area is better than an open area to get away from the insects.
- If a bee comes inside your vehicle, stop the car slowly and open all the windows.
What to Do if Someone is Stung
- Have someone stay with the victim to be sure that the person does not have an allergic reaction.
- Wash the site with soap and water.
- The stinger can be removed by wiping a four-inch gauze pad over the area or by scraping a fingernail or a credit card over the area. Never squeeze the stinger or use tweezers. It will cause more venom to go into the skin and will injure the muscle.
- Apply ice to reduce swelling.
- Do not scratch the sting. This will cause the site to swell and itch more and will increase the chance of infection.
- If the victim is having a severe allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention.
- Epinephrine is given by injection to stop allergic reactions.
Consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids that promote skin healing and reduce inflammation, such as fish (salmon, cod, mackerel). Ground flaxseeds, avocados and wheat germ are also recommended. Eat green orange and yellow vegetables at every meal. These foods are packed with vitamins A and C, which will speed your skin's recovery from the inflammation.
Food to Avoid
Sugar worsens the inflammatory response. Stay away from refined sugar products, including cookies, cakes, sweet baked goods and sodas and eat naturally occurring sugars, such as those found in fruit, in moderation.
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