Bites and Insect Stings
or stings from insects that cause allergic reactions
or pain. Symptoms of insect bites and stings include
swelling, redness, pain, dizziness, loss of breath,
insect bites and stings are not serious for most people,
for hypersensitive people they can potentially cause
a fatal allergic reaction. People with known hypersensitivities
should carry a kit containing antihistamine and epinephrine
when in areas likely to hold risk.
If you have a known allergy to insect bites
and stings, take preventive measures when outdoors,
such as wearing pants, long-sleeve shirts, footwear,
and gloves and avoiding cosmetics, perfumes, and hairsprays,
all of which can attract insects.
If you experience symptoms such as flushing,
generalized hives, swelling around the neck or tongue,
difficulty breathing, faintness, or loss of consciousness
or diarrhea after you are bitten or stung by an insect,
immediately consult your physician or go to the emergency
Take vitamin C as soon as possible, along with vitamin
B5. Vitamin E applied topically can also help.
The essential oils of basil, cinnamon, garlic,
lavender, lemon, onion, sage, savory, and thyme are
all useful due to their antitoxic and antivenomous properties.
Lavender is also effective for treating itching from
Rescue Remedy Cream applied topically can
soothe itching and speed healing.
Apply the fresh juice aloe vera or plantain to the sting to soothe pain and stimulate
Take Aconite, Lachesis, Apis mel., Hypericum,
or Urtica Urens immediately after you are
bitten or stung.
A cold compress or ice pack applied as needed
can help to reduce pain and swelling.
Apply ice and vinegar or vinegar and lemon juice or
a paste made of bicarbonate of soda as soon as possible
to neutralize the venom. Crush a charcoal tablet on
a cotton ball, place over sting, and cover with bandage
to reduce pain and swelling. Mud applied to the site
of the bite or sting will help draw out toxins as it
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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