How to Treat Insect Bites & Stings : How to Use Epsom Salt on an Insect Bite


Hello, my name is Dr. Susan Jewell. Now, in
this clip, I am going to show you another way where you can relieve the pain and symptoms
from insect bites and bee stings. Now, the use of Epsom salt has been shown to actually
have some temporary effect in relieving some of the symptoms. Now, the thing about Epsom
salt is that you have to add 1 teaspoon Epsom salt with hot water to dissolve the Epsom
salt, then once you’ve dissolved it in the hot water, you put the solution to chill in
the fridge and then for about 10 or 20 minutes. Then you take it out and apply this nice cold,
chilly, chilled solution on the affected area for about 20 minutes. So, what I have here
is I’ve already got some Epsom salt and I’ve made a paste out of it. You know, I’ve chilled
in the refrigerator, so it?s nice and chilled and I’m going to apply it to the skin. So
for example, say this is the area that was bitten or stung by the bee or bitten by the
mosquito. I need to clean this area very well first before I apply anything. So, this is
a bowl of soapy water. I’m going to clean the whole area around and then I’m going to
pat it dry because you want the paste or the solution to stay on and have direct contact
with the skin itself, the affected area itself. So then, what I do is with this solution,
I can, if its too watery, then you can actually, if it’s too watery, then I guess you could
dab a very clean pad into the solution and then you could just apply over the infected
or affected area on your skin. But if the paste is thick enough, if the consistency
is thick enough, like this, then you can just apply a little bit of it to cover the whole
area with the Epsom salt solution. And then, it would help you relieve the symptoms and
the itchiness as well, because the coldness, if you chill it, also will give you additional
relief from the symptoms from the bites or the stings.

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7 thoughts on “How to Treat Insect Bites & Stings : How to Use Epsom Salt on an Insect Bite

  1. make sure never to use peroxide with the epsom salt people I have heard that it will create an acid that will eat straight through the skin

  2. ON OCTOBER 24TH, 2010 I WAS OUTSIDE AT NIGHT SITTING DOWN. UNTILL A INSECT BITE ME. FIRST IT START IT TO ITCH ME. THE NEXT DAY WHEN I WOKE UP ON OCTOBER 25TH, 2010 I SAW THAT MY BUT WAS WAS ITCHING AND RED LOOK. SO RIGHT NOW I'M USEING A CREME THAT DOCTORS RECOMMEND, IT'S CALLED CORTIZONE-10. AND RIGHT NOW IS TRYING TO HEAL. SO I HOPE SOON THAT MY SKIN WILL GET BETTER. THANKS FOR THIS VIDEO AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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  4. I just use regular table salt, rub it on the bite for several seconds, and never think about it again. The bite stops itching, shrinks to the size of a tiny dot, then disappears completely by the next day.

  5. You don't have to chill it. I washed the insect bit and let hot water run over the bit for a minutes and applied the salt directly to the moist area and let sit. No time frame. Once I rinsed the area I applied extra strength pain relieving ointment and I didn't itch until I woke the next morning. Now I used the ointment without the salt and I was miserable. The Epsom salt definitely helped. Smiles.

  6. Only have to mix water with it,make a poultice and let it rest on the initial sting. The cold feels great for follow up applications.

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