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Old Grizzly Wasps or Hornets ? (47) RE: Wasps or Hornets ? 17 Aug 07

Winegar for Wasps

Bicarb for bees

'ospital for ornets ;O))

I used to keep a dozen hives of bees and have been stung quite literally hundreds of times. My worse ever episode was over 50 stings at once all round one ankle.
I have also had way more than my fair share of wasp stings including in the mouth up the nose and the eye and I can safely say that none of the 'remedies' have any real effect other than that of making you feel you are doing something about it.

Antihistamine tablets and cream followed by applying an ice cube is probably the best you can do. As Alan said, a sting in the mouth or in the neck area can prove very dangerous and always warrants proper medical attention.

Just a tip..... with bee stings, the sting usually comes away from the bee along with the little poison sac. This can still be pumping venom in up to half an hour later so it is best to remove the sting asap.
DONT use tweezers or try to grip it with the fingernails - this will just squeeze any remaining venom straight in. Rather, scrape it out sideways using the blade of a knife or a fingernail (nail side to the skin). This will remove the sting without delivering any more gunk.



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