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~Lenore    Posted 08-09-2004 at 11:22:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
A real wasp, a red wasp stung me on the wrist Saturday! I ran inside and put an ice cube on it. Then i looked in the spice cabinet and found the found the meat tenderizer. I wet my wrist and sprinkled meat tenderizer on it. It did seem to relieve the pain some. It was tender the rest of the day.

Around 5:00am I woke up with my wrist swollen, hot and itching terribly. Now two days later it is still swollen, red and feversih feeling. It itches something awful. Any home remedies?

Vic in Kenefick    Posted 08-09-2004 at 19:36:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Make a paste out of powdered soap and pack that on it. Then stay away from wasp. You could also hit you other hand with a hammer and this will take you mind of the pain of the wasp sting....HAHAHA!!!

KellyGa    Posted 08-09-2004 at 14:37:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man I hate those things. They seem to get really active and mean in the fall. Never been stung by one. Hope you get better soon. :)

Les    Posted 08-09-2004 at 14:23:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, no wonder it was tender if you put tenderizer onnit.
I believe time is the best answer.

JB    Posted 08-09-2004 at 13:18:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just looked on country remedies and someone declares a good remedy is to cut a potato in half and put the cut side on the sting and it will take the pain away. Wouldn't hurt to try, and it it were me, I'd bind the potato to the place for awhile and see.

For some insect bites, my daughter mixes a teaspoon full of salt with a couple teaspoons of lotion or skin cream, mixes well, applies, and she says that works. Good luck to you!

hay    Posted 08-09-2004 at 13:15:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
put aloe vera on it.

~Lenore...PS    Posted 08-09-2004 at 12:52:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
As soon as I put the meat tenderizer on it;
I went outside with wasp spray and killed it dead!
I put my watch on and now it is more swolen above my wrist.
I think I have some chewing tobacco I got last year to make a garden spray with;
would wetting it work?

deadcarp    Posted 08-09-2004 at 15:09:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh jeez no, don't use tobacco on an open wound unless you have lotsa sick days coming. Our neighbor Billy Matson was helpig feed the calves one day, one calf butted and sliced his finger so Billy just spat some snuice on it and finished his work. By suppertime his whole arm was turning purple and he'd got blood poisoning. That being the old days, he darn near lost the arm. :)

Maggie/TX    Posted 08-09-2004 at 13:07:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lenore, my herbal remedy book says to use pain relievers, ice packs and meat tenderizer. The tenderizer is supposed to neutralize the venom. This book also recommends both garlic and onions, used externally as well as internally (make a strong soup tonight!). Also recommended is to make a poultice out of plantain and apply to the area. I have no idea of where to find plantain or even what it looks like, but the guy who wrote the book says it works.

~Lenore    Posted 08-09-2004 at 13:40:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maggie, I know what a plantain is;
it is those ugly looking bananas at HEB.
What is a poultice though,
and how do you make one?

I did go out on the porch and got some aloe vera. I put some on it.

I also got out a lip liner pencil and drew a line around the swelling.

I also may have done a "no no";
I used the hot water/hair dryer heat to stop the itching. It worked, but I am concerned that the heat may spread the venom?

Benadryl says not to use it more than 3 or 4 times a day!

JB    Posted 08-09-2004 at 14:00:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Poultice: Mash the plantain to a goopy mess, and glob it on the sting. Wrap a rag around and pin it on so it stays. If it is near the wrist, you could probably pull a sock on to hold the poultice in place.

We were big into prickly pear poultices when I was a kid, and we wore poltices overnight.

~Lenore    Posted 08-09-2004 at 14:16:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks, everyone!
I have put aloe vera from my yard on it and drawn a line all around the red swelling.
Now I am headed to HEB to buy a plantain to make a poultice (a soft mushy mixture placed on body and covered with a cloth/rag)to relieve the inflamation.
If anyone else has any other suggestions please let me hear them....
with the exception of me having to chew tobacco or dip snuff. ;-)

~Lenore....shucks!!!    Posted 08-09-2004 at 15:02:07       [Reply]  [No Email]

The grocery store plantain is not the kind of plantain you make a poultice out of. It is some kind of grass weed. I dont think I have any growing in my yard from the pictures I see of it.

Maggie/TX    Posted 08-09-2004 at 15:54:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, the picture is the kind of plantain the author of the book means to use as a poltice. He says it grows like a weed in his yard, but he is from up north.

I know what you mean about how those stings hurt, though! I got stung by one of those last summer and it hurt for several days.

toolman    Posted 08-09-2004 at 16:53:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
i live up north maggie and i have that growing in my yard , i can mail you some should i send it to clods address that way im sure the post office will do their job lol.

ron,ar    Posted 08-09-2004 at 12:55:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
NOPE! Ya gotta go find an old geezer or geezerette that actually chews the stuff. Then put it on the sting:^)

toolman OR    Posted 08-09-2004 at 12:56:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
lenore could start chewing it.

Bob Mi    Posted 08-09-2004 at 12:19:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Benadryl is your answer internaly Your system is fighting the poison from the bee making it itch When you first get bit you want to use the wraps with what ever is wet and let it dry to draw out the poison. Indians used mud worked fine !! Good Luck

TB    Posted 08-09-2004 at 16:19:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I concure. The antihistimen in Benadryl will releave the itching and help reduce the swelling.

Texas    Posted 08-09-2004 at 11:43:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Put some Skoal or other snuff on it, wet and wrap it. Or some kerosene.

Ive seen people use Purex too.

Peanut    Posted 08-09-2004 at 11:43:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wish I had a home remedy for you but I don't. I agree with toolman about the infection. If you think the redness/swelling is expanding get to a doctor. If you are not sure about the expansion, get a ballpoint pen and draw a line around the red/swollen area. Wait a couple-three hours and see if it has expanded. If it is not expanding or getting worse in the affected area I would say it is healing.

Red wasps are very aggressive and have nasty painful stings. Hope you feel better.

Steve from TN    Posted 08-09-2004 at 11:40:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lenore, I would try Benadryl(sp). Go to Wal-Mart and get the Equate brand. It is also a great sleep aid and will relieve sinus congestion.

toolman    Posted 08-09-2004 at 11:29:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
well lenore first we have to determine if it was a north or south american wasp then we will have to decide if you need a north or south american home remedy, then we,ll have too, gee id make a good policition lol. sorry just had ta tease ya lenore, do hope your feeling better. might be best to go have it checked for some kind of infection if it don,t clear up soon. no red lines or anything goin up your arm is there?

ron,ar    Posted 08-09-2004 at 11:29:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
My granny used to put snuff (wet snuff) on a wasp sting. My neighbor would put a drop of gasoline on it, depending where it was of course. Red wasps are big and have a nasty temper. They can hurt ya.

Clod    Posted 08-09-2004 at 17:10:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
The best remedy would be as pal from rock country of NW Texas told me an old cowboy cut his foot nearly loose with an axe. He looked in his lunch bag and found a can of sardines.He opened that up.Poured the oil on his wound,Ate the meat and went right back to work.

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