Published on December 28th, 2017 | by Tom1
How to Treat a Sting from a Stinging Nettle
Clean the area. Before you decide how to reduce the symptoms, you should first move away from the plant and clean the area with gentle soap and cool water as soon as possible to alleviate the sting. If you see stings in your skin, use an adhesive tape to remove them and then add hydrogen peroxide with a cotton ball to alleviate the pain.
Baking soda paste can do wonders. Baking soda is an extraordinary natural remedy for reducing itching and easing pain. Mix some baking soda with water to create the most effective neutralizer paste for the sting of the sting nettle. Apply it to the affected area and you can get instant relief of the pain and itching. In addition to baking soda, plants like curled dock, jewelweed that are usually growing near the stinging nettle can soothe the itching and burning of the sting as well.
Turn to some over-the-counter products. Calamine lotion can relieve the inflammation and burning. Antihistamine medication can prevent inflammation as well. Creams and sprays containing hydro-cortisone are all effective for treating the allergic reaction resulted from sting nettle. Aloe vera gel works too, because the aloe vera contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Some herbs and alkaline products can do a favor too. Crushed plantain leaf can reduce the inflammation. Spores from fern leaf also can help reducing the symptoms caused by stinging nettle. Lemon balm leaves can ease the burning and stinging. Cucumber and lettuce are helpful for burning and irritation relief too.
Tips & Warning:
- Be careful as much as possible when you touch the stinging nettle. Protect yourself with gloves.
- Learn to look for remedies near the thing that hurt you. Even the mud can be helpful too.
- Avoid scratching the area which will worsen the irritation.
- If the home remedies and over-the-counter products don’t work for you or some additional symptoms occur, turn to the doctor for professional help.