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Treating Wasp Stings at Home

In McAllen, Texas, wasps are active during the warmest months of the year, which can cause a lot of problems. They raid parties, hover over plates, and sting with potentially life-threatening consequences. Sometimes stings are unavoidable, even when you employ the best ways to prevent wasps from coming around your property.

Don’t let wasps raid your summer this year. Stay prepared with these treatments to use for wasp stings, just in case.

How to Treat Wasp Stings

None of the following methods are powerful enough to rescue anyone from an anaphylactic reaction. If you or someone near you is stung as has difficulty breathing, swelling or hives across the body, redness or paleness in the face or body, nausea, or vomiting, call 911 immediately for emergency medical care.

However, most stings are mild enough to be treated at home.

Step-By-Step Treatment:

  1. Clean the site of the sting to prevent infection. Lather soap on the area, gently scrub, and rinse thoroughly under cold water. Carefully dry off with a clean towel without irritating the skin further.
  2. Use a cold pack on the site, but be careful not to freeze the skin. Remove the ice about every 20-30 minutes to make sure the skin hasn’t lost blood circulation.
  3. Use a bandage if you’d like. Don’t use adhesive bandages because they can irritate the skin further.
  4. Change the bandage frequently to avoid infection.
  5. Take medications to help reduce your pain, swelling, and itching.

Over-the-counter Medication

Each of these products is designed to help with itching, swelling, and pain caused by wasp stings. Always follow the directions for use on the medication’s label.


Antihistamines help reduce your body’s natural allergic reactions, which are caused by histamines. Insect stings contain and cause the body to produce histamines, which induce swelling in the sinuses, sneezing, and runny nose and eyes.

Some antihistamine products also contain decongestants, which can reduce congestion, irritation in the throat caused by sinus drainage, and runny noses.

Common over-the-counter antihistamines include:

  • Benadryl
  • Allegra
  • Zyrtec
  • Topical Creams

    Hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion both help soothe many kinds of skin irritations. You can also use Caladryl, which is a combination of calamine lotion and Benadryl. Be careful not to use Caladryl and Benadryl at the same time.

    Pain Reducers

    Products including acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin), ibuprofen (like the Advil brand), and other NSAIDs are designed to help ease pain and inflammation.

    Additional Remedies

    These methods probably won’t decrease reactions to wasp stings by themselves. However, they can be effective when combined with proven medicines and practices.

    Baking soda or colloidal oatmeal can help soothe the skin. Either of these can be mixed in bathwater. Colloidal oatmeal can also be purchased as a cream./p>

    Vinegar could help remedy wasp venom. The idea is that some components of wasp venom are alkaline, so the acid in vinegar should react with the alkaline components of the venom and neutralize its effects.

    Just soak a cotton ball in white vinegar or apple cider vinegar and press it against the sting site. The pressure should help reduce the pain and help the inflammation.

    Vinegar won’t work against bee stings, which are naturally acidic.

    Call the Wasp Professionals

    DIY methods to keep wasps away can help limit your risk of getting stung. But if you are severely allergic to stings, or if you have constant wasp problems around your property, consider calling a trustworthy professional for a more permanent solution.

    Fox Pest Control in McAllen is a great way to keep wasp problems from bothering you and your family. Our Pest Pros will inspect your home and create a custom-made treatment program specially designed to suit your needs.

    Our family and pet-safe, environmentally friendly products will restore your peace of mind. Fox will handle the pests so you can focus on what matters most to you, worry-free.

    Fox Pest Control. No Bugs. Simply Better.

    Posted on July 6, 2020.

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