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Wasp Stings: Treatments & Home Remedies

Before trying a remedy, check to see if the stinger remained in the skin. You can remove it by scraping it out (to prevent releasing more venom) before treating.

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Garlic & Salt Poultice

1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp salt

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Tip: Keep wound clean with soap and water to prevent a skin infection (wash regularly for several days). You can also sterilize with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.


A normal reaction is to experience pain, burning, itchiness, redness and swelling. Pain will last for a few hours then should disappear. If you notice your hands or fingers starting to swell, remove rings immediately. Protect the wound from bumps and avoid rubbing.

Although wasp stings are painful and some swelling will develop, this is a common reaction. However, some do have a serious allergy to the venom and in these cases, death can occur. If the following occurs, seek medical advice:

As with stings from bees [3], if the reaction seems severe (especially if breathing is affected), don’t hesitate to call medical emergency services as the victim may be experiencing an allergic reaction that can trigger anaphylactic shock.

Did You Know: Do they bite or do they sting? They sting, but female yellow jackets are especially aggressive and will sometimes bite victims too.

Please Note: These treatments are from my collection of remedies, none of them are intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. This information is provided for general knowledge purposes only.