There’s no two ways about it, wasp stings can hurt. Whether you’re out for a walk in the countryside, enjoying an afternoon in the garden or out on holiday somewhere, a painful wasp sting can put a significant dampener on proceedings. Being stung by a wasp can have serious consequences if you suffer a reaction, so it’s useful to know how to minimise the impact of a wasp sting.
Mild and moderate reactions
Wasp stings that appear on the not-so-serious end of the pain and reaction spectrum are fine to be treated at home. Washing the affected area with soap and water will help remove a significant amount of the venom. After cleansing, applying a cold pack to the wounded area will help both reduce the swelling and minimise the pain.
If the sting becomes itchy and bothersome, either calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream can provide effective relief. As can the home-made remedies of baking soda or colloidal oatmeal mixed with water.
If the pain of being stung by a wasp is more significant, than shop-bought pain relief such as ibuprofen and paracetamol can help. Antihistamine drugs can also reduce itching. Just remember to only take the recommended doses to avoid unwanted side-effects like stomach problems.
A severe reaction to being stung by a wasp is altogether more serious, especially if you are allergic. Allergic reactions to being stung by a wasp require immediate and effective medical attention. Those who carry Epi-Pens should administer them immediately. Other treatments for severe wasp stings include:
- Extra epinephrine to help calm the immune system
- Steroids, oxygen and/or other medications to help improve breathing
- CPR if breathing has stopped as a result of the sting.
In the most extreme cases, being stung by a wasp can lead to complications and problems with the nervous system, causing muscle weakness and pupil dilation, among other things. Thankfully, these cases are extremely rare.
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Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice