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Is baking soda paste first aid for bites and stings?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics

In brief: Can be

The paste made with water can soothe the sting site for a while but the main component of a bee sting is mellitin which is a protein that is basic in chemistry and may not be greatly affected in the long run by the baking soda paste which can act in a acid or base way.
However, many people swear by it. Other stings contains acidic components like formic acid (fire ants) and the paste will help!

In brief: Can be

The paste made with water can soothe the sting site for a while but the main component of a bee sting is mellitin which is a protein that is basic in chemistry and may not be greatly affected in the long run by the baking soda paste which can act in a acid or base way.
However, many people swear by it. Other stings contains acidic components like formic acid (fire ants) and the paste will help!
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