For bee & wasp stings, I just spray on 5% vinegar. The area around & near the sting always swelled terribly & stung & burned . . . before I began immediately spraying with 5% vinegar. Now, after spraying it & massaging it into my skin, the sting & any redness quickly disappears, and it never develops into anything more than the teensy hole where the stinger went in. I always have 5% vinegar in a spray bottle for household cleaning, so that's my 'go to'!
Vitamin C for Insect Bites and Allergies: I had a spider bite once that swelled on my forearm like a half-egg under the skin. I took 3-4G of ascorbic acid, the cheap Vitamin C from Sams club, about once every hour and a half or so. By dark the swelling was down to maybe 10%. I continued overnight and all day the next day. During that time, while in the yard working, I felt something on my arm. I looked down to see a "fireant" biting feverishly the back of my hand. I assumed there must be something wrong with him as I didn't feel any burning. Another one bit me later with the same results. I only noticed a feeling like something was crawling on me. The wounds never swelled, turned red or itched! It must have been the massive doses of C circulating in my blood.
I estimated I consumed about 40 grams of C over a 24hr period. Normally that much C will give you severe diarrhea and gas! I had neither.
I also take it for severe allergy flareups with great and quick relief, though only last for 2-4 hours, depending on the intensity of the allergen.
I have used this site for the last 4 years since finding it and have referred a great number of people to it. I have never written to contribute my thanks or success stories before as everything I've used always seemed to have many "yeas" so I figured my two cents wouldn't really amount to much.
Well tonight I was working on a rooftop air conditioning unit with my father and we were attacked by wasps as we opened the side panel to begin working. Luckily, we were both only stung twice as we managed to get off the roof while swatting at the others.
It took me about 10 minutes to drive home and pull up Earth Clinic on my computer. I immediately looked for "Wasp stings" under the ailments sectioned and momentarily panicked when I didn't see it as a listed subject. Fortunately, my brain thought to look under "Bee" and saw that ACV was a very positively mentioned cure. I immediately soaked two cottonballs and applied them to my swollen leg and arm and within a minute, the intense needle-like pain in my leg greatly decreased and the swelling on both stings also went down. I kept the cottonballs on both areas for about 10 minutes, while resoaking them after being on the stings for 5 minutes. It is still somewhat painful to walk, as each step seems like I am being stung again, both nothing to the degree before using ACV.
Thank you so much for this and all of the other great cures and treatments that are offered on this site.
I think it would be a great idea to add the subject "Wasp Stings" to the ailments page, so in the future someone looking for immediate help after being stung by a wasp could find this treatment. I also think it would be a great idea to have a link on the "Wasp Sting" ailment page to the "Bee Sting" ailment page, just in case, so you could help anyone looking for help after being stung by either of these.