How to treat a wasp sting
The feeling of being stung by a wasp is burning and sharp at the site of the sting. Some people experience a radiating heat coming from the sting site which can last for a few hours depending on how many times you have been sting. The wasp can sting several times because it doesn’t lose its sting upon stinging its victim like the bee. The pain may peek in a few hours or it can continue in 48 hours or whenever the site is disturbed. Even small actions like changing your clothes or taking a shower can aggravate the site and resurrect the pain again for a couple days after the fact.
Symptoms of a wasp sting
You will experience redness on the bite site which can spread into the skin around the area. You will also have pain for a few days which can be localized or it may spread to the limb where the sting occurred. Larger reactions can include having swelling in areas that were not even stung like the eye lids and the lips. But if the symptoms get progressively worse in the hours following the sting you may be allergic to the sting and this can easily morph into anaphylactic shock. In this case you will see more severe symptoms including:
- Profuse sweating
- Difficulty breathing
- Elevated or lowered blood pressure
- Extreme swelling
These types of extreme reactions tend to occur mostly in sting in children and elderly people. It is crucial to take them to hospital if they are stung especially when they experience multiple stings. But if you don’t have an adverse reaction to wasp sting here is how you can treat a wasp sting
Treating a wasp sting
Wash the sting area with soap and water to remove the venom from the site. Next apply a cold compress or an ice pack to calm the place down. You can also put comes calamine lotion to help soothe the inflammation. You should also have some hydrocortisone cream nearby to help keep the swelling and inflammation down.
The pain from the sting can be radiating and wasps are known for their love of stinging areas around the head. It is very hard for the wasp to sting your leg because they attack from above. So you can take some over the counter medicine to help alleviate the pain. Some people prefer to put a bandage on the site in order to keep infections of the sting site.