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19 Home Remedies for Bites and Stings


You hear the buzz, you see the bee, but before you know it -- oweee! You've been stung. Almost all of us have had this experience at least once, and it's no fun. But with the home remedies in this article, you can take the ouch out of being stung and perhaps prevent the attack from happening in the first place.

Bees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, and fire ants all have stingers that inject venom into their unfortunate victim. The most common reaction is redness, pain, itching, and perhaps some swelling around the sting area, which lasts for a few hours. Other creatures, such as black flies, horseflies, black or red (not fire) ants, and mosquitoes, also bite and sting, but their venom usually does not cause as intense a reaction.