Homeopathy treatment for Insect Bites and Stings
Everyone has had the experience of a bee sting or an insect bite. It is usually just annoying, painful, or inconvenient, putting a damper on a perfect outing or picnic. Sometimes it can cause a severe allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock.
Redness, swelling, and itching occur after the bite, sometimes with burning or stinging pain. Hives, difficulty breathing, and shock may occur with severe anaphylactic reactions. Signs of anaphylactic shock are paleness, perspiration, confusion or unconsciousness, rapid pulse, and shallow, irregular breathing.
Occasionally the person who is bitten or stung can have a severe allergic or anaphylactic reaction, which can be life-threatening. This may occur from a second bite or sting when there was not much reaction to the first one. Get medical attention immediately if the bite is from a poisonous insect or spider, or if there is difficulty breathing, severe swelling, or loss of consciousness. Consult a physician if you think the person may have been ex- posed to Lyme disease; a red circle resembling a target around the site of a deer tick bite is one early symptom. Antibiotics may be necessary to avoid later complications of heart and muscle or joint disease.
What is the appearance of the area that has been affected?
What is the location of the affected area?
What is the color at or around the area of the bite or sting?
"Everything is swollen." Apis
"I itch like crazy and I can't stop scratching. I can't stand smoke." Caladium
"My throat is closing up and I'm having trouble breathing." Carbolic acid
"I'm covered with flea bites. They're quite annoying." Ledum
"It's worse than a bee sting. I was up near the roof. I don't remember being stung, but I think it may have been a wasp." Vespa
When did the bite or sting occur?
What is the area of the body affected?
What are the symptoms?
Is there pain? If so, how severe and where?
What does the pain feel like?
Does anything make it feel better or worse?
Is the pain lessened by heat or cold?
Does the site feel cold or hot?
Are there any emotional changes since the bite?
Pointers to Finding the Homeopathic Medicine
The first medicine to give if there is swelling is Apis.
· For bee stings, give Apis.
· For bites with terrific itching, consider Caladium.
· In the case of anaphylactic shock, call 911 and give Carbolic acid or Apis.
· For most insect bites, first try Ledum.
· For wasp stings, Vespa is the first choice. Use Apis if Vespa is not available.
· Give three pellets of 30e every thirty minutes to four hours, depending on the intensity of the bite or sting, until you see improvement. Only give the medicine more than every two hours if the bite or sting or the reaction to it is very severe. If there is no improvement after three doses, give a different medicine.
· After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.
· Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every two to four hours).
· Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) generally need to be given only once. Repeat only if symptoms return with intensity; give only infrequently in this case.
What to Expect from Homeopathic Self-Care
Reduces inflammation, relieves pain and itching, helps the bite or sting heal more rapidly.
Other Self-Care Suggestions
Remove the stinger with a flicking motion using a fingernail or a sterilized needle. Pulling it straight out may release additional venom.
· Apply an ice pack or a cold, moist pack to reduce swelling and circulation, and to prevent the spread of the venom.
· Cleanse the area with soap and water.
· Calendula (Marigold flower) cream can ease itching and irritation.
· Baking soda mixed with water applied to the area can reduce swelling.
· If nothing else is available, put a dab of toothpaste on the bite.