Is a Bee Sting an Acid or an Alkali?

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Bee stings are known to be acidic. The sting's venom contains peptide melittin which is highly acidic. Neutralizing a sting, however, using an alkali may prove futile because the sting is injected deep into body tissues and the alkali applied on the skin may be unlikely to reach. If you experience severe reactions to insect stings, consult your health provider immediately.
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Bee stings are either annoyingly painful or deadly, depending on if the victim is allergic to the venom. Bee sting venom is acidic and so its effects can be neutralised with bicarbonate of soda or alkali and this reaction reduces the pain. Bee venom contains formic acid (also known as methanoic acid) but this is not the single active ingredient that causes the pain from a bee sting.
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Bee venom is a complex substance and, although it is acidic, it is not its acidity that causes the pain and swelling. These are caused by other components, mainly by the peptides
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Bee sting= Alkali. Treat with Bicarbonate of soda Wasp sting= Acid. treat with Vinegar or Lemon juice
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In bee stings it is acid and in wasp stings it is alkali.
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Bee stings are about a 5 on the PH scale. The acid in the venom is formic
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