A baking soda paste made with water: "The theory is that baking soda is alkaline and will relieve or reduce pain from bites and stings that inject acid into the skin, like bee stings," said Hema Sundaram, a Washington, ., dermatologist and laser surgeon. But "it's unlikely that anything applied to the skin can reach insect venom injected beneath the skin that spreads deeper within a few minutes." Rubbing is what probably feels effective because "it helps release endorphins [the body's natural pain reliever] and distracts you from the itch or sting," Sundaram said.
Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.