How to treat pain, swelling and itching from
insect bites and stings. Baking soda can be found in supermarkets and has been shown to
temporarily reduce pain and swelling associated with insect bites. Add one quarter to a half
teaspoon of baking soda to a bowl. Add water to form a thick paste. May add more water or baking soda for
desired consistency. Clean affected area with soap and water and pat dry. Apply paste to area patting and covering
the bite to reduce swelling and pain.