“Every sweet has its sour,” according to Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Each time you are stung by a bee, the stinger should be removed. This means using a pair of tweezers, or even the edge of a credit card, to remove the bee’s stinger from the surface of the skin.
For instant relief from the pain, ice can be placed against the site of the bee sting.
According to an article published by Mother Earth News, William Brantley studied different methods of quelling bee stings in his experiment titled “Sting Operation,” which was published in Slate Magazine.
“Brantley reviewed a list of potential bee sting remedies, both pharmaceutical and home, and tested each one of them. But you can’t accurately test a bee sting remedy without a bee sting. How did he pull this off, you ask? He actually went to a beekeeper and was intentionally stung several times over a period of about two weeks in order to truly assess the benefits of each remedy,” writes Emily Kennedy of Mother Earth News Magazine.
Of all of the unique remedies he tested, according to Kennedy, Brantley found regular ice to be the fastest and most soothing.
“‘“The winner of the experiment’ as he called it, was ice,” says Kennedy. “He applied the ice to the area for about 20 minutes and that seemed to do the trick. He explained that the numbing decreased the swelling and the pain and itching were completely gone.”
According to sources, the glycerin in toothpaste is said to help the bite dry-out.
“He specifically applied Crest Advanced Cleaning toothpaste to the area and described it as feeling tingly, that being both physically and psychologically satisfying,” writes Kennedy in reference to the Brantley experiment.
3.) Calamine Lotion
Much like toothpaste, calamine lotion works to dry out the affected area while relieving pain fast.
“…calamine lotion can offer some relief of the pain and itching caused by bites from bugs, bees, mosquitoes and fleas. If you are stung by a bee or a wasp, put an icepack on the sting to relieve pain and swelling. Calamine lotion may also help. If you have any questions or concerns about allergies to bee stings or medications, talk to your doctor,” advises Stacy Wiegman, PharmD.
Calamine lotion should be applied to a bee sting immediately for optimal relief and results.