Remedies for Wasp Stings: How to Treat at Home and When to See a Doctor


Wasp stings are a common, yet painful problem. There are many species of wasp, the most common being yellow jackets and hornets. Similarly, there are many reasons why a wasp may sting you. However, most wasps only sting when they or their nest are disturbed, or when they have been irritated by your presence.

Unlike bees, you may have a life-threatening allergic reaction

  • Tightness in the throat or chest
  • Tickling in your throat
  • Uncontrolled coughing
  • Wheezing in the chest
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Profuse sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Hives over large parts of your body

Once you have received appropriate treatment, consult with your doctor to see if you have a wasp or bee allergy. Then going forward, talk about preventative actions to take against wasp stings. 

Emergency Care

Call 911 immediately if you were stung in the mouth, nose, or throat area, or if any serious symptoms occur. Wasp stings in those areas could cause throat swelling and cause difficulty breathing.