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How to Use Baking Soda to Ease Bug Bites and Stings

By    |   Tuesday, 04 August 2015 11:59 AM

Baking soda has been used by generations of caretakers to ease the pain and itching from bug bites and stings.

The Mayo Clinic said baking soda creams and pastes are one first-aid remedy for mild reactions to bites.

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For stings, a paste made of baking soda and water may be helpful when applied to the site where the barb went into the skin. It can be applied several times a day to help with itching and pain, according to Healthline.

Another option is to combine baking soda with vinegar, Peoples Pharmacy said, and that can work to stem the pain of a wasp or bee sting.

Baking soda may also be mixed with a skin lotion to help staunch inflammation from a bite with the lotion acting to hold the paste on the skin, Best Health magazine reported.That works well along with dissolving baking soda in water and then dabbing the mixture on the wounded area with a cotton ball.

The magazine also highlighted other natural remedies to take the itch out of bug bites and stings, including things like placing an onion on the affected area (and Best Health pointed out that doctors don't know why this works but suspect that an onion enzyme affects inflammation) or make a paste from aspirin by grinding it up and mixing it with water.

Baking soda is one option that children may handle better than smelly onions, and side effects to it are rare. Mayo warned that some people may be allergic to sodium bicarbonate, so keep that in mind before using it. In addition, some people ingest baking soda as a natural remedy for other health issues, like heartburn, and it can affect how other medications act in the body.

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