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Remedies to Use Against Wasp Stings

Wasps are most active during the warmest months of the year in Lubbock, which can cause serious problems. They can raid parties, dive-bomb into soda cans, and their stings can be life-threatening. Even if you use the best ways to prevent wasps from coming near your home, sometimes wasp stings are unavoidable.

These are some effective ways to treat wasp stings to keep you prepared, just in case you or someone near you is stung. Don’t let wasps invade your summer this year.

How to Treat Wasp Stings

None of these methods are powerful enough to save anyone from an anaphylactic reaction. If you or someone you know is stung and has trouble breathing, swelling across the entire body, nausea or vomiting, call 911 for immediate emergency medical care.

Most stings are mild enough to be treated at home. The materials here can be purchased online or at a local pharmacy.

Step-By-Step Wasp Sting Treatment Process:

  1. Clean the site of the sting to prevent infection. Lather soap on the area, rinse thoroughly under cold water, and gently dry off with a clean towel.
  2. Use a cold pack on the sting site, but be careful not to hurt the skin. Remove the ice every 20 minutes or so to make sure the skin is properly circulating.
  3. Use a bandage on the sting site if you want. Don’t use adhesive bandages, though, because they can irritate the skin even more.
  4. Change the bandage often to prevent infection.
  5. >Take medications that will help reduce your pain, itching, and swelling.

    Over-the-counter Medication

    These products are designed to help reduce swelling, itching, and other problems caused by wasp stings. Always follow the label’s usage instructions.


    Antihistamines help reduce your body’s reaction to histamines, which cause swelling, sneezing, and a runny nose and eyes. Wasp stings often contain histamines, and other chemicals also cause the body to produce its own histamines.

    Some antihistamine products also include decongestants, which help reduce congestion, irritation in the throat caused by sinus drainage, and runny noses.

    Common over-the-counter antihistamines include:

    • Benadryl
    • Allegra
    • Zyrtec
    • Topical Creams

      Hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion both are soothing to many kinds of itching and skin irritation. You can also use Caladryl, which is a combination of calamine lotion and Benadryl. Be careful not to use Caladryl and Benadryl at the same time.

      Pain Reducers

      Products such as Acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin), ibuprofen (like the Advil brand), or a different NSAID are designed to help ease pain and reduce swelling.

      Additional Remedies

      These methods won’t treat wasp stings by themselves but are much more effective when combined with the medicines mentioned above.

      >Baking soda or colloidal oatmeal can soothe the skin. Either of these substances can be mixed with your bathwater. Colloidal oatmeal also comes as a cream.

      Vinegar might be a remedy that could work against wasp venom. Theoretically, since some components of wasp venom are alkaline, the acid in vinegar could react with the alkalinity and neutralize the poison’s effects.

      Simply soak a cotton ball in white vinegar or apple cider vinegar and press it against the affected area, especially at the sting entry point. The pressure can help with the pain and inflammation.

      Vinegar will not work against bee stings, which are acidic.

      Professional Wasp Prevention

      If you follow these DIY methods to keep wasps away, you can limit your risk of getting stung. But if you are severely allergic or if you have constant wasp problems around your property, seriously consider calling a trustworthy professional for a permanent solution.

      Fox Pest Control in Lubbock is a great solution for wasp problems that can protect you and your family. Our Pest Pros will inspect your home and tailor a customized treatment program suited to your needs.

      Our family and pet-safe, environmentally friendly products can restore your peace of mind. Fox Pest Control takes care of the pests so you can calm your worries and focus on what matters most to you.

      Fox Pest Control. No Bugs. Simply Better.

      Posted on July 6, 2020.

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