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Top Home Remedies for Yellow Jacket Stings

Appearing quite similar to bee, but yellow jackets is a type of wasp with black and yellow stripes on their body. These insects are normally harmless until they are threatened physically. Yellow jackets also become fierce and attack things around when their nest is in danger. The sting from a yellow jacket is painful but not deathly. However, the situation is different when you are under attack of hundreds or even thousands members in a yellow jacket’s nest. You may die of sting shock. Each yellow jacket can give multiple stings which can make people suffer from pain, itching, swelling, redness and inflammation. To some individuals in serious cases, sting of yellow jacket can cause dangerous allergic reactions with various symptoms such as fainting, vomiting, swelling, difficulty breathing or slurred speech. In these cases, the best advice is to come to the hospital for medical help. But normally, if you are unluckily stung by a yellow jacket, there are simple remedies which you can easily apply at home. In this article, we will provide readers with some of them.

 1. Baking soda

The first method to treat yellow jacket sting we would like to recommend is baking soda. Containing alkaline quality, baking soda can neutralize the venom from that wasp, reducing the itching and swelling symptoms of sufferers. Moreover, baking soda works well as an anti-inflammatory agent which is useful in relieving the redness, swelling and of course, inflammation.

How to apply:

• Create a paste of baking soda by mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a certain amount of water

• Apply this paste on the bitten area for about 10 minutes

• Rinse it off with lukewarm water

• If the symptoms of itching or pain return, apply this method every few hour

 2. Apple cider vinegar

This ingredient is not only popular in your kitchen, but it is also famous for being the treatment to series of health problems. And this time, it does not disappoint us as well. Apple cider vinegar is rich in content of acetic acid, which contains the properties of anti-inflammation. This property is ideal for reducing swelling and pain made by yellow jacket sting. Additionally, apple cider vinegar can neutralize the acid in yellow jacket’s sting, reducing pain and itching.

How to apply:

• Soak a cotton ball into the apple cider vinegar

• Use this cotton ball to massage your face gently for about 15-20 minutes

• Rinse it off with water

• Repeat this remedy regularly until the sting and its symptoms disappear

 3. Onion

This vegetable is famous to housewives because of its taste more than the use as medical treatment. Maybe you often hear that onions have no ability to remove the pain and treat damage from insects like yellow jacket, but it in fact is one of the best remedies for this situation. Onion is a good choice for reducing pain, itching and swelling.

How to apply:

• Cut the onions into slices

• Rub these slices directly on bitten area

• Keep it there for about 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off

 4. Ammonia

Similarly to baking soda, ammonia also contains high properties of alkaline. This special chemical is capable of neutralizing the acidic toxin in the venom of yellow jacket, helping to reduce the pain, itching and swelling. Applying ammonia and you will soon get rid of the stung feeling.

How to apply:

• Soak a cotton ball into ammonia liquid

• Apply this ball directly on the bitten skin area for about 15 minutes

• Rinse off with water

• Apply this method whenever you feel the symptoms

 5. White toothpaste

Another traditional remedy that is always available in your household is the white toothpaste. Similar to baking soda and ammonia, white toothpaste has ability of balancing the acidic venom in sting of yellow jacket, limit the area of affected skin and quickly ease the symptoms of the stings like itching, swelling and of course the pain.

How to apply:

• Spread a little white toothpaste directly onto the bitten area

• Keep it there in a few hours

• Clean it off with soft cloth or lukewarm water

• Repeat the remedy if the symptoms return

 6. Aspirin

Another solution for yellow jacket sting is lying in your home clinic box. It is aspirin. Containing high anti-inflammatory properties, aspirin has surprising power to control the pain and swelling process. Besides, it works well in neutralizing the venom of yellow jacket which helps to ease most of the symptoms.

How to apply:

• Smash 3-4 aspirins into powder

• Create a proper paste by mixing this powder with water

• Apply this paste directly onto the bitten area

• Let it dry naturally before rinsing off with lukewarm water

• Repeat the method if needed

 7. Plantain

Rank last in this treating list does not mean plantain is less powerful to yellow jacket sting than other remedies. Containing great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, plantain is the ideal treatment for reducing sting symptoms such as itching, swelling and pain. The antibacterial quality of plantain is also useful for reducing the infection which is the obstacle for recovering process of your skin.

How to apply:

• Crush the leaves of plantain to extract the juice

• Directly apply this juice onto the bitten skin area

• Let it dry naturally before rinsing off with water

• Apply this method several times per day until the situation gets better

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Comment by Chet M. Skwarcan on July 1, 2017 at 1:48pm

So Terry...what inspired you to write about Home Remedies for Yellow Jacket Stings?  There's got to be a story here. Fill us in!

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