Please Bee Kind

The last time I was stung by a bee/stinging insect, Jimi Hendrix was still alive and Seattle had a baseball team that wasn’t the Mariners.

Until yesterday – Jeez, that hurts! Was going about 20 mph and the thing flew into my collar, left his little venomous, barbed treat for me and then died a swift and painless death by my panicked hand. It had been so long I was afraid I might be allergic, but no, just pissed.

For future reference, anyone care to share their bee sting remedies?


  • Scdouglas
    June 24, 2011 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Um…oddly enough, a wet tobacco compress seems to help alleviate the swelling and pain.  I think I used chewing tobacco, but I guess that the inside of a cigarette would work just as well.

  • June 24, 2011 - 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I think my last bee sting was in about the same era as your previous one, though I’ve had a few unnerving close calls with bees flying into helmet vents and getting stuck between scalp and styrofoam.  Can’t help with the first aid, sorry

  • Anonymous
    June 24, 2011 - 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Try making a thick paste of baking soda and water then apply it to the sting and let it dry. You might see some discharge (or not) and the pain and swelling should ease. Do this every time the sting gets sore or itchy. Hope this helps.

  • June 24, 2011 - 6:33 pm | Permalink

    pee on it 🙂 then stay away from me 

  • June 24, 2011 - 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Scratch the sting out VERY lightly with paper, then put a cold pack on it. That’s standard first aid prcedure.

  • Luke Wilson
    June 25, 2011 - 1:18 am | Permalink


  • June 25, 2011 - 2:03 am | Permalink

    …in the Billiard Room, with the candlestick.

  • Russel Haynes
    June 25, 2011 - 6:33 pm | Permalink

    I was stung by a bee for the first time since childhood a few years back and it was no big deal. The next time I was stung, I had quite a big reaction: swollen ankle for a few days till I got steroids. Apparently this is not uncommon so watch out for the next one.

  • xiousgeonz
    June 27, 2011 - 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Slice an onion & put the juice on the sting.   (I’ve also had success with baking soda and wonder if different stings get neutralized by different things.)

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  • Johnorr7
    June 28, 2011 - 10:29 am | Permalink

    As a beekeeper I have had a lot of stings. Your other correspondents are all correct with their various potions. The bee sting is acid so any alkali will neutralise it. Make sure you remove the stinger and venom sack first. Even though it has detached from the honey bee the venom sack will keep pumping venom for a long time. With wasp and hornet stings there is no venom sack to remove. These evil bug(gers) give you the full dose all at once.

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