Sweat bees as the name suggests are bees that get attracted to salt in human sweat. You may often see sweat bees hovering in your garden. They are one of the most common species of bees found all over the world, with a dense population in North America. Usually sweat bees live alone in the nest they build on dry dirt present on ground. The blue and green metallic color is enough to identify them, besides their long hind legs.
Sweat bee can sting if it comes in contact with human as it gets attracted to salt present in human perspiration.After piercing the venom flows through the stringer until you remove it. Sweat bee stings causes mild to moderate pain with intense itching at the site of sting. With simple home remedies you can alleviate pain and other symptoms associated with sweat bee sting.
What Does A Sweat Bee Sting Look Like?
Sweat bee sting are small and their size range from 4mm to 8mm. Stings and bites are caused by female sweat bee. Males do not bite. Sweat bee reside under the ground in dry area. They carry nectar and pollen and store them in the nest.Here are some of the common symptoms manifested after a sweat bee bite.
- Mild to moderate pain at the site of sting.
- Severe itching and burning around the affected area. Itching may alleviate after few days on its own.
- After few hours the area becomes inflamed with formation of papule which is tender to touch.
- A fluid filled vesicle may develop at the inflamed site.
- Some people may manifest systemic symptoms such as fever, body ache and malaise.
- The venom of sweat bee sting can cause allergic reaction in some people. In such case patient may have sudden drop in blood pressure, difficulty in breathing, wheezing respiration etc.
Home Remedies For Sweat Bee Stings
First step for treating any bee sting is to search for the stringer. If you see the stringer you need to remove it as if left inside the skin it will continue to release venom and exaggerate pain and itching. You can remove the stringer easily at home. Scrape it with a thin plastic card or a blunt knife. You can also use your finger nail provided they are clean. The other way to remove the stringer is to wash the area with soap water or any antiseptic solution.
- Soon after the stringer is removed apply cold compresses to alleviate burning pain and swelling. Apply paste prepared by mixing baking soda and water. Alkalinity present in baking soda will help to absorb heat from the affected area. It will thus reduce swelling and pain around the site of sting.
- Apple cider vinegar is an effective home remedy to treat sweat bee sting. Mix few drops of apple cider vinegar in toothpaste. Apply the paste on the affected site. It helps to reduce swelling, pain and itching.
- We all know the anti inflammatory properties of honey. Mix one to two teaspoon of honey in a glass of water. Drink the prepared potion once or two times in a day. Honey reduces inflammation and alleviates pain as well as itching.
- Homeopathic remedies such as Apis, ledum pal, alleviate itching, redness, and burning sensation produced by venom of sweat bee sting. Take four pills two to three times in a day in low potency to treat the condition.
- If you experience some of the allergic symptoms such as low blood pressure, dizziness, breathing trouble after the bite, consult your doctor immediately.