Bee, Fire Ant, Hornets, Yellow Jackets and Ant Stings
Stinging pain, heat coming from the stung area with possible severe itching of the affected area. Nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, weakness, wheezing airway, anxiety with possible confusion and chest pain.
The venom from 200 bee stings or 30 wasp stings may be sufficient to cause death. However, a single sting may be enough to cause an anaphylactic reaction in the patient.
Bee stings; use edge of credit card or signal mirror card in your survival kit to gently scrape stinger out of skin. DO NOT pinch or squeeze stinger.
1. Prepare tannin tea. Found in outer bark of all trees, acorns, banana plants, common plantain, strawberry leaves and blackberry stems.
2. Place crushed outer bark, acorns or leaves in water to leach out tannin by soaking or boiling. The longer the soak time the higher amount of tannin.
3. Add cold water and ice (if available) to tea for application of the compress.
4. Make a compress with cloth and apply to affected area.
The tannin will aid in reducing the effects of the sting/venom. I’ve used this technique with my wife. She said it worked very well and quickly.
1. Remove stinger and venom sac intact as quick as possible. If fire ant stings, do not open sores on area stung (unroof vesicles).
2. Apply ice or cold water to ease pain and control swelling.
3. Apply topical benzocaine 20% menthol .5% spray as a local analgesic and topical 1% hydrocortisone cream for up to seven days.
4. Elevate extremity to limit spread of edema (a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body).
Ammonia, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and meat tenderizer.
If attacked or stung by flying bees or wasps, do not flail arms. Crushing one insect may incite others to attack even more vigorously. The insects may defend an area up to 150 meters from their nests; they can only fly about four mph. Therefore, an individual should be able to outrun the swarm and escape.