A near and dear one called one evening recently saying she had just been stung in the ankle by a wasp and that the reactions were intense – dizziness, rash, severe itching, ankle swelling, fever, emerging boils – so I got my emergency homeopathic kit and took over Apis 200 potency. When I arrived, she was in bed, weak, dizzy, hot and the appearance of the various reactions on the skin all over the body were dramatic.
First thing, I insisted she drink 2 large glasses of water to help the kidneys as I always remember the kidneys eliminate on the skin what they cannot process. Then in a small shot class I put pure spring water and tipped in a dose of the Apis homeopathic 200 potency. She drank it. Ten minutes later I asked her to sit up, drink more water, then 1/2 hour later take another dose, with 1/2 hour doses until she went to sleep.
The next morning I called at 8 am and she said the reactions were gone and except for a swelling on her ankle at the sting area, she was fine. A day of work and then out in the evening. Superb result!!! Here is some information on Apis from Homeopathy Blog
Apis mellifica / Apis mel (Honey bee): Not just for bee stings! In most people, bee venom causes mild swelling, burning pain and redness, thus the "bee sting remedy" Apis mel helps with swellings anywhere whether caused by bees, insect bites, hives or other irritants, especially if the area is red and burns. In some people, the area swells up many times its size and nearby joints become puffy and red. Thus Apis mel can help swollen reddish arthritic joints and stronger inflammatory reactions (on the way to the hospital, anyway). Still other people experience great inflammation on membranes throughout the system especially the throat, urinary tract and around the eyes. So Apis mel has applications in swollen sore throats, eye irritations (conjunctivitis), acute urinary pain and certain respiratory problems. Regardless of the condition, if Apis mel is going to help, the area should be red, hot and swollen with burning, stinging pains which feel better with cold air or cold compresses.
Other symptoms include: fevers without thirst, sleep problems, jealousy and general irritability. Whenever you are getting strong reactionary symptoms, it's best to see a licensed practitioner in case things get out of hand. This is a very important remedy to keep on hand when kids are about, as their vital young systems often go overboard when reacting to unfamiliar irritants. "We don't go bare footin' without it!"
Apis mel Keynotes & Practical Uses: Inflammatory symptoms - Insect stings, hives, rashes, pinkeye, allergic reactions, sunburn; swollen joints & glands...; inflamed membranes - urinary, eye, throat... irritation; with redness, swelling and burning, stinging pain.
Pain - Symptoms with burning stinging pain: urinary inflammation, swollen red shiny joints, ... Sudden throbbing headaches. Hayfever, Allergies, Colds - Swollen sore throat, burning allergy
symptoms; thirstless burning fevers.
Modalities - Better in the fresh air, for cold applications Worse with heat and touch
Like cures like - the concept behind homeopathic medicine. Bee venom is a shock to the system. When stung, the body responds with burning pain, redness and swelling to try to contain the toxin. In many people this response is more intense than necessary, in others it runs out of control. Without suppressing the body's necessary response, the homeopathic remedy Apis mel, made from bee venom, can help the body address the situation more efficiently. Suddenly the body seems to know exactly what it’s fighting, so it turns off the pain, and limits its defenses to the task at hand.