Having taken all the regular medicine – antihistamines and using hydrocortisone cream, plus some homeopathic pills for bee stings (not sure what stung me but last time my arm looked like a sausage it was definitely a bee’s fault), I found myself trawling the internet looking for anything else I could try to take away the pain and heat and general irritation.
Here’s a list of some suggestions I found to help neutralize a bee sting..
• applying meat tenderizer,
• applying toothpaste,
• applying tobacco,
• applying papain (latex from the papaya tree)
• applying mashed up root of pineapple
• applying chilli paste
• applying Mum roll on deoderant,
• applying mint leaves
• applying bicarb of soda
• applying four types of grass
• applying clay paste, and
• applying a copper coin
• squeezing the sting with a clothes peg for 20 minutes
• applying a paste of green clay
• applying hot water to coagulate the venom
• applying lavendar oil
• applying crushed bracken fern
• applying Sudocrem to sting site
• applying a slice of raw onion
• applying aluminium sulphate
• using WD40
• applying ice and cold water
• apply hot or near boiling water
• applying plantain leaves mixed with saliva as a poultice
• applying charcoal and flaxseed jelly
I think I might try all of the above though and as long as I believe they are going to work I will no doubt get some benefit from one or all of them.
This reminded me of all the things we try when we want to induce labour. We’ll listen to anything then won’t we? If we are desperate enough we’ll do all suggested methods at the same time. Well maybe not all of them! But it does make you wonder when you find yourself eating 6 pineapples one after the other, or running up and down the stairs after eating a hot curry, just when exactly it was you lost the last bit of sanity from your pre-pregnancy days.
If you have any other ideas about how I can stop the annoying pain in my leg then do feel free to share in the comments. I promise I will let you know which ones I try and how I get on!