Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
Although they haven't been tested by research studies, common home remedies are sometimes used:
- Rub a wet aspirin on the sting area.
- Make a paste with baking soda or meat tenderizer and water. Leave it on the sting area for a few minutes.
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