Q. 164.6( 7 Votes )

While playing in a park, a child was stung by a wasp. Some elders suggested applying paste of baking soda and others lemon juice as remedy. Which remedy do you think is appropriate and why?

Answer :

Baking soda is a better remedy than lemon juice.

Wasp sting releases methanoic acid into the sting area which causes irritation. Baking soda is basic in nature and hence can undergo neutralization reaction with this acid to trigger its ill effects.

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