Main Article on Bee and Wasp Stings Question: What treatment or treatments did you use for your bee and/or wasp sting? Submit Your Comment Comment from: thewaspwon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 05 I was stung on the inside of my knee by a wasp. I immediately put alcohol on it, then ice, and then hydrocortisone. The next day it was so swollen and red. The itching became so severe I could not sleep all night. I called the doctor and sent a picture. I was told I was allergic and it looked infected. I was prescribed steroids, antibiotics and told to alternate Epsom salt, Benadryl cream, vinegar and a lotion called Sarna at Walgreens. Hoping I can sleep tonight, but it still itches bad and looks horrible. Comment from: Linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 16 I was stung by several wasps while cutting trees. I ran and got ice and put it on for a few minutes until the pain stopped, then I covered the stings with toothpaste. I had no swelling and the pain completely went away. Then I went back to the site, and another wasp stung me in the temple. It took longer to get the ice, but I put the ice on it for a few minutes. The sting hurt a lot, then I covered it with toothpaste. It took a few hours for it to stop hurting but the toothpaste definitely helped. Comment from: JackieB, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 25 I stepped on a wasp and the pain was immediately like fire. He was stuck there for 10-15 seconds before I got him off; right in the arch of my foot. No evidence of a stinger, so my husband cleaned it with alcohol, put After Bite on it and a bandage. I’ve been icing it off and on for the past 3 hours (since it happened). It has swelled a bit, but the pain only disappears when I ice it, otherwise it comes back and it’s a deep throbbing pain. Hope tomorrow I’m still doing ok. I’m nervous. Comment from: Steve9765, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 30 I was stung by a wasp or a yellowjacket on my finger and wrist. I have agonizing stinging and hurting pain. Really hurts bad when running water over it. I used baking soda water mixture on it. Doesn't help. Benadryl helps, but wears off. Haven't been stung in years. I don’t remember anything this painful. Comment from: Christi, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 15 On October 12, 2019 I was stung by a yellow jacket/wasp on the tip of my finger. I soaked my finger in peroxide for 2 or 3 minutes, then put a glob of toothpaste and bandage. Pain from the sting was gone within 5 minutes. Toothpaste is good for almost all insect bites and stings. Comment from: Oceaneyez, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 14 I just returned from the doctor. I was stung several times two days ago, by a wasp on my lower calf. The pain and itch kept me awake at night, all weekend. I'm typically allergic to bee stings so I figured I also was allergic to wasps. I used my EpiPen and went to the doctor. I was prescribed antibiotics along with applying warm compress, Benadryl and hydrocortisone cream. The swelling is incredible. Hoping for relief soon. Comment from: Slopochilll, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 05 I just got stung half an hour ago. I was on the street for my jog and a wasp stung me, so I ran to a nearby store, bought a small tube of mint toothpaste, and applied on the sting. The burning is gone but it didn't help with the pain. Comment from: Wasp sting, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 28 After I sprayed the wasp nest and killed the wasp I put ice on the sting. Probably I should have done the ice first! Old Sting-Kill ampule was less than helpful, made it burn more. I then used baking soda on the wetness from ice. That had little results. It seemed the best thing was soaking my hand (stung on the back of my thumb) in Epsom salt water with ice cubes in it. Swelling and pain reduced. This was all on evening of day 1. I took Benadryl at bed time. This is day 2 afternoon and some swelling has returned with itch. Comment from: Crystal, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 20 I've been reading other comments and am a bit relieved to see that many others have had a similar reaction to wasp sting as I am having. I thought surely this reaction isn't typical! The wasp stung the top of my foot days ago and the pain, itching, and swelling has increased! When I couldn't even sleep from these symptoms I decided something must be wrong. I've taken Benadryl, applied it directly on the site, applied hydrocortisone, baking soda, honey, and ice. No help. Comment from: Paula, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 20 I was stung by two wasps three times. I swatted the second wasp and removed the stinger. I put a paste of baking soda and water on it, wiping up the powdery trail it left wherever I walked; it seemed to help a lot. Now one week later my stings are hugely swollen and insanely itchy! Ice helps as does deep breathing. I keep Ivy-Dry, an external analgesic, beside my bed to spray on the itchy areas and the irritation subsides. SLIDESHOW Could I Be Allergic? Discover Your Allergy Triggers See Slideshow Comment from: Jenny, Female (Patient) Published: October 17 I got a bee sting today and I used an alcohol swab on it, then I got a very bad reaction. I had to be rushed to the doctor. I got three injections, then the swelling and itch stopped. I wonder if the alcohol caused the severe reaction. Comment from: Wolfie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 13 I have been stung by a hornet more than four times in one month. I have been sick on and off, my feet and hands are swelling and itch all over. I get dizzy and disoriented. Comment from: Ron, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 28 I was stung by a wasp yesterday three times in my eyelid. I woke up this morning and my entire eye is swollen almost shut. Comment from: LisaX, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I was stung by a wasp almost 24 hours ago. It was in my house resting on top of some clothes. I reached to pick them up. I did not see it and it got me on my inner wrist. Darn Wasp! It burned and hurt a lot at first. I saw no stinger. I ran cold water on the site, put topical Benadryl on it and took one Benadryl orally. The swelling went down almost immediately but the site is very tender, and it feels tight and just a tad painful. Comment from: Jo, Female (Caregiver) Published: September 06 I've been stung four times this year so far. I always put ice on the sting right away to stop the venom from going any further. Comment from: jules, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 23 I was stung twice inside my throat while drinking a beer. I had major respiratory problems and two days in ICU. Major pain. I thought I was going to die. I was lucky to have made it to the hospital. Comment from: Niki, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 09 I got stung walking in my daughters room, there was a wasp on the floor. I thought I stepped on a nail. But no a wasp stung me. He stung me on the side of my foot. The pain hurts like crazy. I tried the baking soda and water and it helped. I got the stinger out with a toenail clipper. I had to go to work. Now I'm using the penny with tape. It is working so far! Comment from: j72050, 55-64 Male Published: August 10 The toothpaste deal worked great! I tried onions and a penny, but the toothpaste worked best. Bees are bums! They do not show up to pollinate in Ohio, but they hang around ripened fruit, the lazy freeloaders! Comment from: Debra, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 11 While trimming hedges, I discovered a hidden wasp nest located within, as I was stung three times. I applied a medicated ointment containing eucalyptus, camphor and menthol to my leg and hand, which gave a quick soothing relief from the pain. It did not, however, prevent swelling; both areas swelled two to three inches and remained that way for a number of hours. By the following day, all symptoms were gone. Comment from: gopher slayer, 7-12 Male (Patient) Published: July 06 My 10 year old son was stung by a wasp this 4th of July. He was stung twice in the inside of his thumb. He is quite a tough kid, but when I saw him running from the deck where he was attacked through the kitchen window, holding his arm and yelling in pain. I thought he must have broken his arm somehow. My sister witnessed it, and confirmed it was a wasp. He fought off the tears, and told me it was the most painful experience of his 10 years. Within 20 minutes, his hand was noticeably swollen, within several hours, at least 10-15% bigger than his other hand. By the next day, I couldn’t identify the wrinkles at the bends of his fingers. His knuckles were undetectable. I called the doctor. The nurse said it was localized reaction, and to take 1 teaspoon of Benadryl. Now at day two, July, it is still quite swollen. Comment from: billiebog, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 19 Got stung twice and tried the toothpaste solution. Seems to really work. QUESTION Allergies can best be described as: See Answer Comment from: thguerrero, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30 I was moving a plant and felt a sting on my thumb. I immediately backed away as several wasps flew out. I started putting ice and it felt a little better but after a couple of minutes it started throbbing. I read where someone used toothpaste and I tried it. Guess what! It WORKS. The pain went away and it's still a little swollen but at least it stop hurting. Comment from: Waspy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 10 Yesterday I encountered an angry wasp that decided to sting me twice on my hand. I immediately washed the punctures, put ice for 30 minutes, and the swelling was controlled, but today 24 hours later the spots where I got the sting is itching badly. Comment from: Camposa, 65-74 Female Published: October 18 I was stung many times by wasps as a child. My mother always rubbed raw onion on the site and that relieved the pain and stopped the swelling. Now, many years later, I was stung yesterday by, I think, a hornet. I applied the raw onion and this relieved the pain immediately. Today, 24 hours later, the place where I was stung is still a bit sore and red but I think without the onion, it would have been a lot worse! Comment from: mhabel, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 11 I just put a small amount of toothpaste on the infected area. Then right after a few minutes it didn't swell anymore and the pain was gone. This treatment is very effective! Comment from: Deniseramirez807, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 20 Ice pak and rubbing alcohol is what I used to treat my sting. Comment from: BamaMed, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 18 Wasp sting treatment Included cleaning the site with warm water and then using an ice pack for 20 minutes ever hour for two hours. Popped aBenadryl and two Tylenol and applied a topical bee sting swabs from a first aid box. Site is still swollen three hours after care but it seemed to help with the initial sting. Comment from: prpsrv, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 18 My 12-year-old son just got stung by a bee on the soft skin on the soft fleshy part of his finger. He immediately removed the stinger and I ran cold water over it while I prepared an ice pack wrapped in a towel. The wife went and got Benadryl and acetaminophen. The tears have stopped, swelling appears minimal, redness around sting is obvious, but calm is returning to the house. Comment from: billieg, 65-74 Female Published: June 28 I was just stung by a wasp and came in the house and put toothpaste on it and the sting went away within a minute. Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 08 Well I am quite sensitive to bites although never bitten by a wasp before - that I can remember. I immediately took a gel cap Benadryl and then also opened one of these gel caps and applied it directly to the skin. Then I iced it. it did swell a bit before the ice but after icing it, it sort of spread but also went down. The icing also helped with the burning sensation that I had. Today the day after - it still looks good, little pink with a little itchy/tingling feeling. Comment from: Sazid, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 31 Hi, I am Mr. Sazid from India. Today, when I was brushing at my home, a flying insect stung in my upper lip on left side, I just caught out it away immediately but I could not see what it was. When I saw my lip reflection into mirror there was no sign. After a few minutes, my lip grew up two times larger in volume. I just applied a little amount of hydrogen peroxide and now I'm feeling relief. Comment from: Female (Patient) Published: May 24 I was in agony when I was stung by a wasp. I applied a cloth soaked in malt vinegar to the sting for about 30 minutes. The pain subsided immediately. Comment from: Buzz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 16 I was stung by a wasp. It just landed on me and stung me for no reason. It swelled up and was very itchy and it stung like pins and needles. I used cortizone cream rubbing alcohol calamine lotion and Gold Bond cream and Neosporin. The best remedy so far is the baking soda paste and ice, which helped a lot. Today is the second day and the site is worse I am hoping it will go away. Comment from: momshomeremedy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 10 I was just stung last night on the inner part of my right hand thumb. As soon as I got in the house, the only thing I could find was Neosporin. It worked immediately with no swelling, no pain! This morning, I can't even see where the stinger was. Comment from: JMixx, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 29 I was stung by something the day before yesterday. I didn't see what it was, but it left three painful, prickling, stinging spots on the side of my neck. I haven't had any breathing difficulties or all-over rashes (otherwise I would have gotten medical attention), but I have had random, prickly-stinging sensations elsewhere; my arm, my side, and the back of my knee, for example. Occasionally I get a chill with goose bumps, and red streaks have developed in the armpit on the side nearest the stings. I tried Witch Hazel (I thought it was supposed to reduce swelling), but it didn't do much. Yesterday evening I put hydrocortisone cream on it, but the stings continued to hurt and sting at random intervals, and I kept getting those stinging sensations other places. I was tired of it by last night, so I took some Benadryl. I slept really well, but haven't noticed much difference. The sting spots aren't large; the biggest is only about an inch and a half to two inches across, and they aren't terribly swollen. But the random stinging/prickling feeling, which seems to happen in random spots on my body, hasn't gone away, and I'm still having occasional chills. What a pain! Comment from: loulou, 7-12 Female Published: April 21 My 8 yr old got stung on both legs back to back by a wasp and he has asthma. I didn't know if he was allergic to the venom because he had never been stung before, so I quickly went to gave him Benadryl and his inhaler. I cleaned both legs then applied wet tea bags to both stings. Both stings swelled to about 5 inches around both legs, but he had no signs of any trouble breathing. I hope this never happens again. Comment from: chucknbeth001, 65-74 Published: April 08 I was told to pack the site with a paste made of baking soda and water and to cover it with gauze (or a folded-over paper towel works) and secure with tape. I did and I noticed the pain stopped immediately. Why? It draws out the poison! I highly recommend it! Comment from: Pete, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 01 I am a 71 year old male. Last year in May, I disturbed a wasp nest in a bush at the bottom of my garden. I received about 12 - 15 stings on my neck and arms. The actual sting itself feels like no more than a pinprick but the sting site starts to itch a couple of hours later and continues to itch on and off for 3 or 4 days. I covered the nest in a wasp nest destroyer foam from my local hardware store and it was no more. In the summer of 2010, while on holiday in Spain, I disturbed the nest of a paper wasps in the frame of my bathroom window and was stung once only on the back of the hand. It was a far more painful sting than the common wasp. The site reddened and swelled considerably and continued to itch for almost 2 weeks. I acquired a tube of cream from a pharmacy and it was quite effective at reducing the itch. Because of the open structure of the nest, I was able to kill the wasps with a simple wasp killer spray. I did not seek any medical attention other than as described above. Comment from: Cathie lee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 17 Yesterday a black bee got up the sleeve of my jacket and stung me. I swept it off, and scraped the stinger out. I took a Benadryl tablet, placed ice on it, thought I did a good job, but this morning awoke with itching and swelling as large as two inch circle. I applied Benadryl gel, took a baby aspirin, and it’s better now. Not sure what to do next? Comment from: mare, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 17 While getting into a car that had been sitting for a while under a tree, I was stung twice. Once on my forearm and once on the back of my upper arm. It felt like a dog had bitten chunks out of me. I was immediately short of breath and felt sick to my stomach. My grandpa was a Marine and quickly told me to put mud on it. I used a thermal mud face mask type mud and the pain disappeared almost instantly, and you couldn't even tell I had been stung. Today, day two, both sites are swollen to half dollar on my forearm and maybe 3 inches in diameter on the other. Itchy and sore and tight. Not a happy camper. I’m going to try some Benadryl if it doesn't subside by morning. Maybe I'll try the mud again? Comment from: memama, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17 I was trimming some trees in my orchard and was stung 3 or 4 times by wasps. I wasn’t sure what had happened (didn’t have my glasses on). The swarm came out and chased me. I was in agony and wasn’t sure if I was allergic or not, so I ran to my car and bit on the bites and sucked on the wounds. I wasn’t sure what to do, I was by myself in the middle of 100 acres of almonds. I remember my grandmother saying to pack stings with mud, that it draws out the venom. I was stung on the wrist and now it hurts all the way down to my elbow, stinging gone, but the pain still here 6 hours later. Comment from: 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 30 Hello I was just stung by a wasp this morning on my hand. I haven't been stung since I was a child and had forgotten how painful it could be. It immediately began to swell and I noticed hives on my chest and neck. It's now several hrs later and my hand is still throbbing and it hurts to use it. I just want to comment on the above posts because they scare me. If any of you ever get stung and begin to notice wheezing, tightness in chest, throat swelling, or swelling in your tongue get your butt to the hospital! I can't stress it enough! Taking Benadryl is a good thing but don't take a nap if you have those symptoms and expect to be okay. Your airway may become compromised! Never play around with those kinds of reactions. Comment from: weslynn3, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 02 Immediately after I was stung by bees or wasps seven or eight times on my right thumb and three fingers plus my lower lip I drove to a walk in medical center about fifteen minutes from my house. The Doctor told me to buy Benadryl and gave me a prescription for Prednisone 10mg. to be taken for 5 days. I also used a cold pack on my lower lip and right fingers. Comment from: 13-18 Female Published: February 08 About four days ago I was stung by a bee I did not realize it I thought I just stood on a prickle then my little brother said look a bee and pointed to where my foot had just been I instantly knew I ran inside and my dad put malt vinegar on it ice and cold water (rotating) my mum the next day gave me cream and that night a different type now I have my foot wrapped up in a bandage because I have sharp excruciating pain starting at my bee sting spreading up my leg and stopping at my knee I can’t do PE at school and come home exhausted from the pain. Comment from: Relieved, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17 I was recently stung on the face (next to my nostril) by a wasp. I saturated a cloth in vinegar and held it against my nose for less than a minute. The pain subsided almost immediately and I received no swelling whatsoever. Comment from: ger589ric, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 17 I was stung by a very aggressive red wasp on my upper lip. The wasp barely touched my upper lip. It was just a brush really. I did not think it even got me until the pain kicked in. I immediately put some cortisone cream on the sting area. The pain eased pretty fast but the swelling started and it kept getting worse for an hour or so. I ended up with a very big Lip. It was still swollen the next day!