If you suffer from anaphylaxis

If by the way you are someone who has recently discovered that you have anaphylaxis, you should always carry an adrenaline injectable around with you. There are three types licensed here in the UK: Emerade, EpiPen and Jext. Simply click on each name to be taken through to their websites.

If you’re not one of these “unfortunates” read on to find out more about insect bite natural remedies and treatments.

Activated Charcoal Paste

A paste made from activated charcoal can help to extract the toxins that are responsible for inflammation, irritation, and swelling.

In order to make an activated charcoal paste, you need to open up two or three capsules of activated charcoal powder. Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been heat processed in order to maximize its adsorption. The process of adsorption is described as the temporary bonding of particles to a surface or sub-strate, whereas absorption is the process of filling up the open pores in a solid.

Once the paste is ready, apply it to the area where the sting is, and leave it in place for approximately 30 minutes to let it draw out the toxins; then simply wash it off the a wet cloth.

Apply ice

Ice wrapped in a towel works wonders. The reason it’s so effective is that it actually works on three levels at once; it lessens the irritation; it soothes the inflammation and helps to bring down any swelling, and it numbs any pain. Whatever you do though, don’t apply ice directly to the skin – it burns. Wrap it in a thin pouch or tea towel.

Straight vinegar or vinegar paste

Vinegar is made from a wide variety of products; apples, rice, wine, malt and barley to name but a few. Regardless of what you happen to have in the cupboard at home, just splash some straight onto the affected area, or mix it with baking soda to form a past and apply. If you don’t have any vinegar, but you do have some lemons or limes, the juice from these works equally well.

A few cloves of garlic

Garlic isn’t just useful for keeping vampires at bay; it reputedly keep insects away too. Some people are of the opinion that when we eat pungent foods (such as garlic and onions) it affects the smell of our perspiration, which then puts insects off. Although this theory has never been scientifically tested, adding extra raw onion or garlic to your salad is a treat for your taste buds, as well as being able to supposedly fend off nasty insects. If you’re going to go down this route however, you would be wise to have some gum or mouthwash within easy reaching distance.

Use a knife as a scraper

If you are stung by a bee, it will leave its stinger behind in your flesh. The bee will unfortunately die without its stinger, but in the meantime, that stinger is still in your flesh pumping out its venom. Whatever you do don’t reach for the tweezers. If you squeeze the stinger it will only pump more venom into you. Reach for a knife instead, and gently scrape it over your skin to remove the stinger intact. After you’ve done this you should then apply a topical antiseptic to kill any germs and clean the area up.

Alternatively, if you’re out and about and you don’t have a knife about your person, you can use a credit card instead.

Soaping mosquito bites

A plain old bar of soap can do more than just clean your skin. It is also an excellent mosquito bite anti-irritant. Just wet the bite area with a little water and then gently rub with soap. It’s best not to use a perfumed soap as this can itself irritate your skin.

If all else fails buy a proprietary sting treatment from Broadgate Clinic London Wall

So there we have it; 6 natural, home remedies and treatments for insect bites. But if for any reason your bite should still cause you any irritation or pain; or let’s say that you’re stung at your workplace in London, you can always call in at our private walk-in clinic here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall and buy a proprietary sting relief medicine over the counter at our in-house pharmacy.