Sting Of Bees. Although the poison which a bee emits when it inserts its sting, is proved to be a highly concentrated acid, it does not follow, that the application of all alkalies will neutralise the acid. Ammonia, for example, we have known, in several instances, to produce distressing consequences - such as excessive local inflammation, temporary erysipelas, and general distress to the constitution. The more gentle alkalies - chalk, or the "blue bag," are much more likely to effect a cure, aud cannot injure. The same person will be variously affected by the sting of a bee ; at one time, scarcely any inconvenience will attend it; at another, much swelling; again, but little enlargement, although great pain, etc. The eye suffers considerably, though in general the uneasiness is local; but if the back of the ear be stung, there is frequently a general affection of the system ; sickness, giddiness, numbness, nervous trembling, etc. etc, which will sometimes continue for hours. A draught of camphor julap, and total repose, we have known to be beneficial in this latter case; and would earnestly recommend it to our readers, should they be placed in circumstances to require assistance.
Common whitning is an effectual remedy against the effects of the sting of a bee or wasp. The whitning must be moistened with a little cold water and immediately applied ; it may be washed off in a few minutes, when neither pain or swelling will ensue.