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Posted by: narnia, Sunday, July 11, 2010, 3:27am
My DH got stung by a ground bee around 7:00 this evening.  He has been in tremendous pain like never before!!  It's not swollen, so there's no allergic reaction that requires medical attention, however, he is in unbearable pain!!

He's been stung many times before, and the pain went away in a short time, but the pain has not let up, and he is absolutely miserable!!!!!!

Does anyone know of a treatment to stop the pain of a bee sting?

Thanks for your help!!!
Posted by: pegf1008, Sunday, July 11, 2010, 3:45am; Reply: 1
First, I am not a doctor or nurse, I am just passing on what I found on-line. Make sure the stinger is out - look for a black dot in the area where he was stung and get it out if it is still present. Most places recommend scraping the area with a credit card or something similar, but it is most important that it comes out. Ice the area using an ice pack up to 20 minutes every hour, with some sort of cloth betwen the ice and the skin. He can take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help with the pain. If the pain doesn't go away in a couple of hours, you might want to call a doctor or get him to an ER - it might be a more generalized reaction and he might need epinephrine to quiet things down.This might also be an indication that he is developing an allergy to bee stings and the doctor might want to give him an EpiPen for future stings.
I hope this helps and I REALLY hope he feels better soon. I have had bee stings on the bottom of my foot that lasted only a couple of hours and they are no fun.
Posted by: narnia, Sunday, July 11, 2010, 3:48am; Reply: 2
Thanks.  He was stung on his leg as well, and that one is not bothering him at all...so maybe the stinger is not in his leg, but is still in the arm.

I looked at his arm with a magnifying glass and couldn't see anything in the middle.
Posted by: 10111 (Guest), Sunday, July 11, 2010, 4:41am; Reply: 3
I've heard of rubbing it with credit card to loosen/remove stinger and also taping a penny to it to stop pain.  I've never tried it though.
Posted by: narnia, Sunday, July 11, 2010, 4:44am; Reply: 4
He looked online and saw using baking soda.  We made a paste and taped a huge band-aid on it.  He says that it's 20% better.  I made him go to bed.  

Hopefully it will be gone by the morning.

Thanks for trying to help!
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, July 11, 2010, 5:53am; Reply: 5
Hope he feels better..There is an entire thread here started by Cristina on bee stings
Posted by: narnia, Sunday, July 11, 2010, 6:09am; Reply: 6
Oh!  I should look that up!
Posted by: Cristina, Sunday, July 11, 2010, 6:36am; Reply: 7
Narnia, Oooch!!! Poor hubby!!  Something similar happened to mine, except it was on his lip!!  I was very scared for him then.  You will find lots of good advised in this previous thread:

http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-encloplib/m-1257576923/s-25/

Hope he finds relief soon!!
:)
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Sunday, July 11, 2010, 8:36am; Reply: 8
Lavender oil is always useful !
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Sunday, July 11, 2010, 11:39am; Reply: 9
Just wondering what your DH is doing to get stung so much?   :)  I've always taught my children to respect nature and we don't kill bugs unless they're invading the house..at which time I call an exterminator...like the carpenter ants that wouldn't stay out...now they got the message. But my son (see pic below) actually pets bees.. :) while they're on the bush or flower.  He's never been stung by a bee. When we have spiders in the house..we all gently put them outside.  The Italians believe that it causes bad luck to kill spiders.. :) BTW, we don't get bitten by spiders either.
Posted by: amynell2693, Sunday, July 11, 2010, 11:44am; Reply: 10
Quoted from 10111
I've heard of rubbing it with credit card to loosen/remove stinger and also taping a penny to it to stop pain.  I've never tried it though.


A penny is WONDERFUL (as long as the stinger is already out)!  Something about the copper neutralizes the venom and it melts away.  The penny will take away the swelling and any redness produced.

Hope he feels better this morning!
Posted by: logan, Sunday, July 11, 2010, 1:14pm; Reply: 11
Apis is a homeopathic remedy for insect stings. It is a good remedy to have on hand especially with all the bites he has been getting.
Posted by: RedLilac, Sunday, July 11, 2010, 1:15pm; Reply: 12
I hope your husband feels better.  I have bad reactions to bee & wasp stings.  I’ve heard about baking powder but not about he penny.  This forum is such a wealth of knowledge.
Posted by: narnia, Sunday, July 11, 2010, 5:23pm; Reply: 13
Quoted from Cristina
Narnia, Oooch!!! Poor hubby!!  Something similar happened to mine, except it was on his lip!!  I was very scared for him then.  You will find lots of good advised in this previous thread:

http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-encloplib/m-1257576923/s-25/

Hope he finds relief soon!!
:)


A triple ouch for your DH!!!  How much worse, on the lip!!!!   :o

My DH is feeling about 50% better today.  He's feeling tired, though, and he's napping again.  I am sooooooooo glad that he's not in the same amount of pain as last night!!

With all the advice on your previous thread, I will give him some coffee and vitamin C.

Thanks all for pitching in to help!!
Posted by: Ribbit, Monday, July 12, 2010, 1:01am; Reply: 14
When we were little my mom would make a past of baking soda and vinegar.  Let it foam up, and stir till it's the consistence of toothpaste, then spread it on the sting.

Mayflours, you will be pleased to know I've left several spiders in the bathroom corners lately.  They don't travel anywhere and they pretty much stay put, so they don't bother me.  As much.

My 5-y.o. is very allergic to fire ants.  Next time he gets a bite I'll try the penny thing.  Interesting.
Posted by: Vicki, Monday, July 12, 2010, 1:24am; Reply: 15
I keep these homeopathic remedies on hand for stings:  ledum palustre, urtica urens, apis mellifica.

There are several websites that will outline the details of the different remedies.  

Child was recently stung by a hornet in the groin area.  First, I gave apis mellifica.  This was not the needed remedy.  The redness/pain and swelling continued.  I gave ledum palustre and within an hour all redness and pain were gone.  GONE!

Itching, redness and general aches began the next day but the at site pain and swelling were still gone.
Posted by: narnia, Monday, July 12, 2010, 2:19am; Reply: 16
He's back to normal now.  No more pain.  Thanks, everyone, for your support!!   :)
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, July 12, 2010, 10:42am; Reply: 17
arnica globuli... then I mix always 50/50 niauli and lavender oil....some higher amounts of vit. C and some cooled lemon balm might do the trick as well... ice might be the contershock ;)  :D  wish him quickest recovery....
Posted by: MileHighRob, Monday, July 12, 2010, 1:13pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from narnia
Thanks.  He was stung on his leg as well, and that one is not bothering him at all...so maybe the stinger is not in his leg, but is still in the arm.

I looked at his arm with a magnifying glass and couldn't see anything in the middle.

If you weren't able to find the stinger, chances are he was stung by either a hornet or a wasp.  Unlike bees, they can sting multiple times and don't necessarily leave their stingers behind in you skin.  I was repeatedly stung last year by wasps and had a terrible reaction.  
Posted by: BuzyBee, Monday, July 12, 2010, 6:01pm; Reply: 19
Funny how this thread came up. I was stung by a wasp 2 wks ago and having a horrible time with it. When it first happened I put ice on it for the pain. That was not working fast enough so I found some caladryl in the cabinet and put that on which helped. I even went to the doctor after the first week to make sure it was not infected and to see why it was taking so long to heal. I don't remember a wasp sting hanging around for so long.

Within the last couple of days I started pouring peroxide on the area of the sting and this seems to help. There is a black dot on my toe (where the wasp stung) which I was wondering if he left his stinger inside. It's a black dot and very hard skin around this area. I didn't know if I should try to pick this black piece out or not.

I'm just glad the redness, swelling, itching, and pain is finally fading. Hope your hubby is better. I can sympathize with him.
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Monday, July 12, 2010, 10:34pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from logan
Apis is a homeopathic remedy for insect stings. It is a good remedy to have on hand especially with all the bites he has been getting.


Apis is a wonderful homeopathic remedy for bee stings!!  Buy some now to have on hand the next time your husband suffers a sting, then take the Apis right away.
Posted by: Ribbit, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 2:17am; Reply: 21
I have a liquid Apis Mel that I carry in my purse.  I have needed it a couple of times when DS got stung by fire ants. DH (always the doubter) used it when DS got stung by a yellow jacket. He didn't believe it would work, but he took my word for it and is now a believer in homeopathy.  "That silly magic water" he calls it.  But it works.
Posted by: narnia, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 4:28am; Reply: 22
Super!  Will get some Apis next time we're at a HFS.  Thank you!
Posted by: BuzyBee, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 2:15pm; Reply: 23
I would like to get some Apis but I couldn't find it in our coop. I typed in Apis and nothing came up. Would there be another name to look for or manufacturer?
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 4:05pm; Reply: 24
Quoted from BuzyBee
I would like to get some Apis but I couldn't find it in our coop. I typed in Apis and nothing came up. Would there be another name to look for or manufacturer?

Apis Homaccord has a recommendation for insect bites:
http://www.homeopathicsdirect.com/1602020.html

Apis Mellifica is a tincture made from the whole bee...
http://www.remedysource.com/store/remedy_detail.php?remedy_id=145&search_name=


Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 4:09pm; Reply: 25
Quoted from Ribbit
homeopathy.  "That silly magic water" he calls it.  But it works.

Oh, Yes...  It works really well - for many different problems.  Just need to get the right stuff, in the right strength, for the problem...

One caution:  Taking a homeopathic remedy when not needed may cause the "illness" that it is made to help.
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 5:00pm; Reply: 26
When I was a girl, my mother would lay a regular white aspirin tablet on our stings and soften it with a drop of water.  It would lay on the sting like a paste and I remember it lessening the pain and swelling very quickly.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 6:49pm; Reply: 27
Well, obviously the moment has passed to post this in time for Narnia's hub (but maybe I made up for that with my China Cola suggestion for him in another thread today ;D), but now that I see this thread, I want to add:

When I was a child, I was stung by a bee and crying on our front stoop.  The next-door-neighbor, a gentleman from India (I think he was some sort of diplomat--I grew up in the DC burbs) came running over and put some plain yogurt on the sting.  It almost instantaneously eased the sting and I believe it just calmed and cooled the whole area, and possibly simultaneously somehow either drew out the poison or the probiotics in the yogurt neutralized it...or something, but it helped.  So, next time (which hopefully will never happen, but if it does, or if someone else with a fresh bee sting pulls up this thread), if you have any plain yogurt on hand, put some on the sting.  It helps!
Posted by: Melissa_J, Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 5:37am; Reply: 28
Hopefully this is late and he's already feeling better, but Bach rescue remedy really helped my son when he got stung by a bald faced hornet on the lip.  The redness and swelling went down visibly!  I keep it on hand all the time now.
Posted by: Azure Agony, Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 12:07pm; Reply: 29
If I recall correctly :

Bi-carb of soda for a bee sting and if necessary the homeopathic rememdy 'Apis Mel'.

All the best.  :)
Posted by: 10111 (Guest), Thursday, July 22, 2010, 7:50am; Reply: 30
I woke up with a spider bite on my leg and it itched a lot so I thought to try the penny taped to it and within a few minutes the crazy itching stopped! I left it on all day hoping it would make the angry red blotch go away...we'll see.
Posted by: Lloyd, Thursday, July 22, 2010, 2:10pm; Reply: 31
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/natural-antihistamine.html
Posted by: 10608 (Guest), Thursday, July 22, 2010, 4:18pm; Reply: 32
Place a syringe (NOT the needle, syringes come w/o needles) over the sting and suck out the poison. The pain stops instantly and the poison no longer does any damage.
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, July 22, 2010, 9:56pm; Reply: 33
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Posted by: Lola, Thursday, July 22, 2010, 9:58pm; Reply: 34
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A penny for your itch!!!
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Posted by: Lola, Friday, July 23, 2010, 5:04am; Reply: 35
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Adolph's Meat Tenderizer works pretty good on inflammed bites (topically of course). It is just two enzymes, papain and bromelain. They can digest the foreign protein that is causing the reaction.
Posted by: pegf1008, Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 2:37am; Reply: 36
I was certainly thankful for this thread earlier today when I was stung by a wasp. I immediately checked this thread and then put a paste of baking soda on the sting. I have kept ice on it most of the rest of the afternoon and this evening and it barely hurts at all any more! Thanks to all who gave suggestions.
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