By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2016 2 Comments
    What Is in Your First Aid Kit?

    This summer we have been urging people to assemble a first aid kit that is ready to go at the drop of a hat. Some of the things we put in our first aid kit are a little unorthodox, but they're not too…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2016 19 Comments
    How to Ease the Pain of a Sting

    How do you ease the pain of an insect sting? We have┬áheard from many readers about their favorite remedies to take the edge off after too close an encounter with a stinger. This reader asks an intere…

    By: Joe Graedon August 3, 2015 10 Comments
    Lemon Juice Soothed the Pain of a Hornet Sting

    What do you do when you get stung by a bee, wasp, hornet or yellow jacket? There has been significant medical research devoted to the life-threatening problem of allergic reactions to such stings. Peo…

    By: Joe Graedon June 29, 2015 13 Comments
    Witch Hazel Soothed Wasp Sting on Baby’s D…

    Going outdoors in the summertime for a cookout, game or hike is fun. One downside-it does increase the possibility of encountering a stinging insect such as a bee, yellow jacket or wasp. Over the year…

    By: Terry Graedon July 7, 2014 12 Comments
    Wasp Sting Inspires the Invention of a New Home …

    Q. I was stung by a wasp last night. I had been drinking wine so I could not take Benadryl. I did cut open a Benadryl capsule and put the contents in a glass, poured a small amount of apple cider vine…

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2013 16 Comments
    Fire Ant Home Remedy: Witch Hazel

    Q. First of all, we read your articles in our newspaper and enjoy the many home remedies and tips that you have offered your readers. I would like to add one about Fire Ants (FA=evil creatures). I'm s…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2012 0 Comments
    Sting Shots Could Save a Life

    Q. You responded recently to a woman who almost died after a yellow jacket sting. Your advice to get an EpiPen was good, but it should have gone further. After I lived more than 25 years with severe i…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2012 10 Comments
    Cool Tips For Warm Weather Woes

    Summer is just around the corner, and the bugs have already begun buzzing. Painful bee stings and itchy mosquito bites can be less bothersome with a couple of simple home remedies utilizing ingredient…

    By: Terry Graedon May 14, 2012 3 Comments
    Bee-Ware Yellow Jacket Allergy

    Q. I was a nanny last summer, and one day we were in the kids' back yard. Their dog knocked a yellow jacket down, but it was still alive. Unaware of this, I walked on the deck where the yellow jacket …

    By: Terry Graedon August 15, 2011 4 Comments
    Wasp Sting Was Nearly Fatal

    Q. A person recently wrote to you about a wasp sting. Although you mentioned the risk of anaphylactic shock in your response, I think you should have informed the writer that the next sting could be f…

    By: Terry Graedon November 24, 2009 4 Comments
    EpiPen Is Lifesaver for Allergic Reaction

    Q. Someone wrote to you about a bad reaction to wasps. The same thing happened to me after I was stung by yellow jackets. Please warn this person (or anyone who is allergic to stings) to consult a phy…

    By: Joe Graedon August 20, 2007 5 Comments
    Desert Rangers Treat Sting with Tenderizer

    Q. I was in the high desert of Oregon several years ago, looking for arrowheads. I saw an arrowhead lying beneath some sagebrush and picked it up. I felt a sharp prick on the back of my hand. Later th…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2007 4 Comments
    Meat Tenderizer Against Stings

    Q. Let's talk about the crawling wasps and hornets of the American Southwest--fire ants and scorpions. These critters give a wallop of a bite or sting without the warning of a buzz. Years ago, when I …

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2005 127 Comments
    Sliced Onion for Wasp Stings

    People use all sorts of remedies for bee or wasp stings. Some swear by tobacco juice, but that is getting hard to come by as the habit of chewing tobacco is fading (along with cigarette smoking). Othe…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 13 Comments
    Meat Tenderizer and Vinegar for Stings

    The meat tenderizer trick was our very first home remedy in the original edition of The People's Pharmacy®.* We stumbled across it in the Journal of the American Medical Association.** Dr. Harry L…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2004 0 Comments
    Stinging Insects Hold Reader Hostage

    Q. I have a deadly allergy to bee, hornet and wasp stings. I am 52 years old and have no medical insurance so I cannot get the shots needed to desensitize myself from this allergy. I am a virtual pris…