Bee And Wasp Sting - Self-Care

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Published: July 20

I was stung by a yellow jacket on my leg just above the ankle about 2 weeks ago. Immediately I put ice on it and used very cold water on it the rest of the day. I didn't swell until a day later. A few days later I got terrible itching. I tried cortisone cream, Lanacane and more ice without relief. Finally in desperation I tried aloe vera capsules I had on hand; instant relief from itching. I did not need another application. By next day, the swelling was down and I could see it was healing. Now I can still see a small dot where I was stung and there's a little discoloration but all is well..

Published: July 14

I just got stung on the edge of my hand by a nasty wasp. The stinger came out when I flicked the wasp off my hand. It hurt terribly. I patted the spot with a paper towel moistened with vinegar. The relief was instant. I know some doctors claim it is only a placebo effect, but it worked. It started hurting again after 10 minutes, so I reapplied the vinegar. Relief again..