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July 15, 2020

BehindTheMedspeak: Adolph's Meat Tenderizer is the best remedy for wasp or bee stings


Say what?

The best remedy for a wasp or bee sting (for the majority who are not allergic to them): Make a thick paste of of Adolph's Meat Tenderizer and a little water and rub it into the sting site.

You will experience instant pain relief.

The papain (papaya extract, the active ingredient in Adolph's) breaks up the venom molecules, much as it does meat fibers when used in the kitchen as intended.

How do I know it works?

Many stings over the years, most recently last week by wasps that exploded out of a nest hidden in my car's front door enclosure behind and above the upper hinge.

I almost had an accident involving two other parked cars: if I hadn't been backing up dead slow, as is my custom, I never would have been able to recover from the stings and stop the car in time.

There's something to be said for always backing up abnormally slow, so slowly that if I hit someone, they wouldn't be injured or even knocked over.

But I digress.

As with burns, which need to be put under running cold water for five minutes by the clock as soon as possible after the injury to minimize tissue damage, Adolph's needs to be applied as quickly as possible after the sting.

Its efficacy is directly related to how soon it's applied.

If within a minute, you'll eliminate most pain, redness, and swelling; once you get out to ten minutes, you're not gonna gain much, though it's still worth the effort.

The reason I don't discuss here those who are allergic to wasp or bee stings is that they'll be dead from anaphylactic shock long before they have time to make a paste โ€” unless they have an EpiPen at hand and use it STAT.

I keep a bottle of Adolph's at home and another in my car's glove box.

You should too.

$20.99 for three 3.5 oz. containers.

Give one to someone you love.

July 15, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


They'll need to re-package bottles with big diagonal banners across their fronts, proclaiming "NOW! With New MURDER HORNET ๐Ÿ formula!"

Posted by: Flautist | Jul 15, 2020 5:04:11 PM

I have had bad luck with wasps over the last couple of years. It usually happens out in the woods, so I'm half an hour or so from home. Do I start carrying a sting kit? It seems to be worst in late August-September (upstate NY).

Posted by: Greg Perkins | Jul 15, 2020 11:59:44 AM

Very interesting! I'm aware of meat tenderizer being recommended for jellyfish stings but did not know it works for wasps and bee stings too. Good to know. Thank you.

Posted by: Bubbub | Jul 15, 2020 10:40:31 AM

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