Q. I tried your onion remedy on wasp stings. I had three stings: two on my upper lip and one on my hand.
I rubbed cut onion on my lip. Since I had two stings there, it hurt more initially.
The lip stings had hardly any swelling and only slight discomfort later in the day, but my hand became quite swollen and was very painful. The lip stings were totally gone in about two days, but the one on my hand took over a week to resolve.
To me, this underscores the value of putting a cut onion on a sting. Thanks for sharing remedies like this.
A. We have heard from many people who have found that putting a sliced onion on a bee or wasp sting eased the pain and prevented swelling. Years ago, onion chemist Eric Block, Ph.D., told us that onions have enzymes that can help break down the compounds in venom that cause inflammation.