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Sat Jun 11, 2016, 09:38 PM

Insect Bites and Stings: Tips and Remedies

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Reply Insect Bites and Stings: Tips and Remedies (Original post)
elleng Jun 2016 OP
Warpy Jun 2016 #1
longship Jun 2016 #2
safeinOhio Jun 2016 #4
eppur_se_muova Jun 2016 #3
Jnclr89 Jul 2016 #5
eppur_se_muova Jul 2016 #6

Response to elleng (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 10:49 PM

1. When I was a kid, mud worked about the best of anything on bee stings

Glad to see it's getting the recognition it deserves.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 11:45 PM

2. Benadryl works for minor reactions.

NB, not anaphylactic shock. Then, it's an Epipen or 911.

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Response to longship (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:42 AM

4. I use to end up in the ER

Every year for allergy reaction until I discovered injectible Benadryl. Has kept out of the ER for 10 years now. Works way better than the pills.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:17 AM

3. Meat tenderizer works on wasp stings as well as mosquito bites.

I just rub on a little of the powder with a few drops of water; works really fast.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 9, 2016, 12:41 AM

5. What is meat tenderizer?

 

I never heard of it. But sounds interesting.

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Response to Jnclr89 (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 9, 2016, 10:50 AM

6. Its an enzymatic product ...

Meat tenderizer refers to a powdered naturally derived enzyme powder. The enzyme most commonly used is papain which comes from papayas. Meat is sprinkled with the powder and the enzymes help to break down the meat fibers. The same result can be obtained by marinating meat in papaya or pineapple juice.


Apparently, Adolph's Meat Tenderizer (an old standby, check the spice section in your grocery store) uses pineapple extracts. Don't know if fresh pineapple or pineapple juice would be conc'd enough to work. If you wear soft contacts, the enzymatic cleaning tablets will probably contain papain, pancreatin, subtilisin, subtilisin A, trypsin, or chymotrypsin -- all proteolytic (i.e. protein- and peptide-digesting) enzymes, which should break down the bee venom. So maybe put one of those fizzy tablets on your next bee sting, though I don't know if all would be equally effective.

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