Yellow Jacket which is a yellow and black strike wasp is most typically found in North America under the weather of late summer.
This wasp will not attack unless it feel threatened so the best way to stay out of its’ sting is to stay away from its’ nest or surrounded area.
Once you got stung, an allergic reaction to it’s venom will be trigger inside your body with some of the following symptoms, namely: redness, pain, itchy and swelling in the affected area.
There are chances that yellow jacket will sting you more than one time and the more that wasp stings you the more venom you get. That means you will have more serious allergic reactions increasing with the number of stings.
Home Remedies for Yellow Jacket Stings
You should seek medical help immediately if you experience one of following symptoms: Difficult breathing and/or swallowing, swollen face, slurred speech, chest tightening, nausea or vomiting, fainted, confused and unconscious.
Otherwise you need to make sure to remove its sting by a blunt and wash the affected area with soap and water before you can apply a natural remedy to relieve symptoms of yellow jacket stings at home easily.
Apple cider vinegar is among best vinegars in dealing with yellow jacket stings as it contains a high level of acetic acid that help to relieve swelling and inflammation symptoms as well as pain and itchy in the stung site.
You can use a piece of cloth that dipped with vinegar and apply it onto the stung sites. Remove that cloth piece and wash your skin with water after 5-10 minutes.
You can also make mixture of vinegar and meat and apply that mixture onto the affected area for 30 minutes before you wash it off.
#2. Baking Soda
Alkaline properties make baking soda an effective treatment for stings of yellow jacket. Symptoms of stings such as itchy, swelling and pain can be easily eased away by applying baking soda paste on your skin.
You can make that paste by mixing baking soda with water then apply directly on your stings for more than 5 minutes before you rinse it off with water. Repeat this procedure for one or two times more during a day to improve your comfort.
#3. Cold Compression
One of the easiest and most available home remedy getting rid of yellow jacket stings is applying cold compress.
The ice not only help reducing the pain and itchy caused by it’s venom but numb the nerves in sting sites that enable you to be free of inflammation and swelling.
You can wrap some ice cubes in a wet towel or dip a piece of cloth into cold water and put against the affected skin. You should maintain this method for about 10 minutes several times a day. Be aware that applying directly ice or cold things on your skin can cause you frostbite.
#4. White Toothpaste
It may sound strange but white toothpaste contains many components that are capable of inhibiting toxin of venom as well as reducing symptoms of yellow jacket stings.
So dab a little white toothpaste onto your skin and let it sit there for a couple of hours before washing it off. Repeat this procedure for 2-3 times during a day.
Honey has been used wisely in a number of ways in human life because of its healthy effects. Honey is rich in antibiotic properties that effectively in treating infection and inflammation.
Moreover, it contains some ingredients with special enzymes that unable honey to eliminate the pain and itching caused by yellow jacket stings.
You can either apply raw organic honey or a mixture of it with turmeric onto your stings. Let it sit there and dry gradually before washing off with water. Apply honey for some times daily until the symptoms are vanished.
#6. Activated Charcoal
All allergic reactions are triggered by toxics in yellow jacket stings venom and once those toxic is eliminated you will experience no symptoms at all.
Activated Charcoal is a potential remedy that you may want to try as it can neutralize the venom and remove stings toxins consequently. Besides, it prevent you from swelling, pain and itchy.
So put a wet tablet of charcoal on a bandage then apply the bandage on your skin. Wait for few hours before you change another charcoal bandage.
Similarly, you can apply a paste of charcoal capsules and water onto the sting and wash off after few hours. Repeat the procedure for few times during the day to benefit from it.
Similar to baking soda, ammonia have alkaline properties that is useful in eliminating pain, itching and swelling of the stings. Dab a cotton ball filled with ammonia onto the sting several times daily until you condition is improved.