Insect Bites and Stings

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Primary Remedies

Apis mellifica

This remedy relieves swollen, itching, burning skin, relieved by cold applications.

Ledum palustre

This helps relieve swelling and itching of mosquito bites, especially when taken during times of exposure (dawn and dusk).

Urtica urens

Reddish blotches that burn and itch intensely (like a nettle sting) after insect bites may be relieved with this remedy. It is also a useful remedy for hives that sting and itch.

Other Remedies

Aconitum napellus

This remedy can be helpful if a person feels fearful or panicked after being stung. Cutting, stabbing, or burning pain may be felt, along with swelling, tingling, or numbness. Aconitum should be used immediately, while symptoms are intense, and can be followed by another remedy, as indicated.

Cantharis

This remedy may be indicated if a bite or sting results in intensely burning, scalding pain. The area of inflammation is red, and blisters may develop.

Carbolicum acidum

This remedy is usually indicated in first-aid situations, while medical help is being sought. The person feels sick and weak, and may have trouble breathing, with a dark or reddish face that looks pale around the mouth.

Histaminum

This remedy relieves symptoms of allergies, such as hay fever, hives or reactions to insect bites.

Hypericum

This remedy is known for its soothing effect on injuries to nerve-rich body areas. It is also useful after puncture wounds, including bites and stings. Shooting pains or pains with numbness and tingling often are experienced when Hypericum is needed.

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