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How To Treat A BeeSting In The Wild

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Authored by Andrea Boring in Nature and Wildlife
Published on 08-02-2009

You never know when you are going to get stung while you are in the great outdoors. You have many options when it comes to treating bee stings. You may want to consider learning how to treat a bee sting in the wild. This will keep you prepared as well as boost your knowledge.

One great item to have on hand is baking soda. You will use this to create a paste that will draw out the venom caused by a sting. If you forget baking soda, many camping and supply stores will carry meat tenderizer. This is your next best option.

In the event that you do need to treat a bee sting in the wild, the first action should be the removal of the stinger. The stinger will often be left after a bee stings the flesh. You will then want to wash the sting site with clean water. In order to create a paste of meat tenderizer and water, use the palm of your hand and a finger to create a thick consistency. The paste will be made up of about one half tablespoon of meat tenderizer, and water.  Apply this directly to the area that has been stung. If you happened to bring baking soda with you, the steps would remain the same.

Do not touch the area of the sting. It will go to work drawing out the venom from the bee sting. Once the paste is dry, it will fall off. If slight pain and swelling are noted around the area, ice or a cool compress can be held against the sting. If handy, a bottle of cold water is a great alternative.

Although these are great methods used to treat a bee sting in the wild, complications can still arise. Watch for signs of allergic reactions, which include swelling, itching, difficulty breathing, hives, rash, difficulty speaking, dizziness, faintness, and even death.

While on a trip in the wild, you should always carry a first aid kit. If a person does have a minor allergic reaction, an antihistamine would be the appropriate treatment for them. This should counteract any allergic symptoms. Anyone who has a severe allergy to bee stings should always carry an epinephrine pen. If allergies worsen after you have persisted to treat the bee sting, you will want to seek medical attention immediately. Medical treatment is needed after an epinephrine pen has been used.

When spending time outside or camping, you will always want to be knowledgeable of how to treat a bee-sting in the wild. Many people go day to day, thinking that a sting is not that big of a deal. Many times this is true. Even if you have never had problems before, anyone can begin showing signs of an allergic reaction to a bee sting. It is always better to be safe than sorry. You can never be over prepared. Make sure that you know how to treat bee stings in the wild.

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