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Stops the Sting

The Stops the Sting product claims that it can stop the pain and swelling from insect bites and bee stings. (It should be noted that it should not be used for life-threatening allergic reactions. Go seek medical help if that's the case.)

The only problem with testing the product? It means I have to get stung ... twice. Still want to trade places?

The first thing I had to do was make the bees angry, as they were perfectly content to fly around me and go about their pollen-collecting day.

In general, honey bees aren't aggressive unless you try to go after their honey or their queen.

They weren't really responding to the usual "Your queen is so fat..." jokes, so I had to stick my hands inside their man-made hives and knock around a bit before one would sting me. But I couldn't get stung just once, I had to get one sting on each hand.

So with both hands properly stung, it was time to put the ointment on one hand, and leave the other alone. After about 30 seconds, both hands still hurt. Maybe it just needed time to work.

After about five minutes, I started to notice a difference.

The hand that had no ointment was starting to swell, and the pain was still throbbing.

The hand with the Stops the Sting ointment was hurting less and wasn't swelling. And after 30 minutes, the hand with no ointment was still swelled and throbbing with pain, the hand with the Stops the Sting ointment?

No swelling and I could even hit it with my other hand without it hurting.

Conclusion: this stuff works and while some product promises are a real pain, this one lives up to the buzz.

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