When an insect sting has occurred, first gently remove any stings left behind with tweezers. Then bathe the area with Calendula tincture diluted in water, and apply a cold compress to ease the pain.
Calendula tincture is a homeopathic medicine that promotes healing for any wounds and abrasions. However it is not recommended for deep wounds because it can be so effective that it may cause the surface of the wound to heal before the deeper layers.
The following methods can be used as well as homeopathy, to neutralize the sting venom:
If it is a wasp sting, bathe the area with diluted vinegar or lemon juice With a bee sting bathe the area in a solution of bicarbonate of soda.
So which homeopathic medicines do you use?
There are two main ones to consider. Take careful note of the symptoms in front of you and give the medicine that is the best fit with the symptoms:
Ledum: Use Ledum after any insect bite or sting, and it can also be given after an animal bite to help prevent sepsis. Especially good for mosquito bites. The sting is better for cold applications such as a cool compress or cold water, and the wound may feel cold to the touch. The pains may be pricking and stinging and there may be redness and inflammation.
Dosage: Give Ledum 30, three times a day until symptoms subside
Apis: This medicine is used if there is considerable swelling, heat, tension and redness. Any heat makes the pain worse and it will be better for cold applications.
Dosage: Give Apis 30 or 200 every 10-15 minutes until the swelling is reduced, and then 3 times a day until symptoms subside.
Note: This is the medicine to use in conjunction with the patient’s medication if the patient is known to be allergic to bee stings, while you are waiting for medical assistance.