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How to Respond to a Wasp Sting

Wasps are most active during the warmest months of the year in Midland, Texas. Wasps hover over plates, raid parties, and sting with serious consequences. Even if you use the best ways to prevent wasps from coming around your home, some wasp stings are unavoidable, so it’s best to be prepared.

These treatments will help you know what to do if you get stung. So don’t let wasps take you by surprise this year and be prepared, just in case.

How to Treat Wasp Stings

None of these methods are sufficient to rescue someone from anaphylaxis or a systemic reaction. If you or someone nearby is stung and has difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, massive swelling, hives, redness or paleness across the face or body, lightheadedness and nausea, or vomiting, call 911 immediately for emergency medical care.

Most of the time, stings are mild enough to be treated at home. These tips should help reduce the typical symptoms of a sting.

Step-By-Step Wasp Sting 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

These medicines are designed to help calm itching, swelling, and pain that wasp stings cause. Always follow the instructions for proper use on the label.


Antihistamines help reverse certain natural reactions the body creates in response to wasp stings. Your body produces histamines that cause you to sneeze, your eyes to water, and your nose to run.

Some antihistamine medicines also contain decongestants to reduce some of these symptoms as well.

Common over-the-counter antihistamines include:

Topical Creams

Hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion both are meant to soothe skin irritation. Also helpful is Caladryl, which combines calamine lotion and Benadryl. Just be careful not to use Caladryl and Benadryl at the same time.

Pain Medication

Acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin), ibuprofen (like the Advil brand), and other NSAIDs can help to ease your pain and reduce inflammation. Be sure to follow the directions for these as well.

Other Remedies

These remedies are unlikely to decrease your reaction to wasp stings alone. But if they are combined with proven medicines and practices, they could be effective for you.

Baking soda or colloidal oatmeal could help soothe your skin. Either of these can be added to warm bathwater, and colloidal oatmeal can also be purchased as a cream.

Vinegar may help reduce some of the effects of wasp venom. In theory, since some of the components of wasp venom are alkaline, the acid in vinegar should react with those components and negate the venom’s effects, similar to the reaction of vinegar and baking soda.

You can soak a cotton ball in white vinegar or apple cider vinegar and press it on the site of the sting. The pressure can help reduce the pain and inflammation.

Vinegar will not work against bee stings, which are acidic.

Wasp Professionals

Using a few of these DIY methods to keep wasps away should help limit your risk of getting stung. However, calling a trustworthy professional for a permanent solution should help those who are severely allergic or those who have constant wasp problems that continue to return.

Fox Pest Control in Midland is an excellent way to remedy wasp problems and protect you and your family. Our Pest Pros will create a custom-made treatment plan specifically designed to suit your situation.

Our family and pet-safe, environmentally friendly products can restore your peace of mind. Allow Fox to handle the pests so that you can focus on what matters most without worry.

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Posted on July 6, 2020.


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