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Is a Bee sting acidic or alkali?

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Darryl Goyette


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Bee stings are slightly acidic (apply alkaline eg. bicarb of soda to neutralise) and wasp stings are alkaline (apply acid eg. vinegar to neutralise).

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Anika

A Bee sting is acidic

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Bee sting has a pH of 4.5-5.5,it is slightly acidic

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Bee stings are acidic.

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Bee stings are slightly Acidic roughly with a pH value of 4.5 - 5.5 considering the fact pH 7 is neutral a Bee sting is slightly acidic

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The bee venom contains formic acid which provides a slightly acid pH between 4-5, making the bee poison as acid as the human saliva. Due to this, the use of sodium bicarbonate has been suggested as a way to neutralise the poison acidity and reduce the pain. Nevertheless, there are no scientific evidences on the efficacy of this method. In fact, the pain of the poison is mainly due to the presence of melittin, a peptide with predominance of basic groups which is activating pain receptors and can cause anaphylactic reaction in allergic individuals.

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Hafsa Hersi

A bee sting is slightly acidic.

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Tasnima Malik

Honeybee stings are acidic! The pH of the venom ranges from between pH 4.5-5.5 (depending on the species of bee). It's actually the proteins and enzymes in the venom that causes the irritation in your skin, not the pH!

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A bee sting is typically acidic in nature. However, it's not as acidic as we think. Bee venom has a pH of 4.5-5.5 (7 is neutral), which makes it slightly acidic.

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Payal Aggarwal

Its acidic, we need to put bicarbonate of soda on bee sting

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Hi Prof. Darryl Goyette, the answer is it's acidic

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Rahmon Raheem Olorungbebe

The bee sting is Acidic while the wasp sting is alkalin

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Mariam Fariss Samch

Acidic, The pH level is around 5

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Maryam Rahim

A Bee sting falls fairly low on the pH scale (at around 4.5-5.5) therefore, they are acidic.

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Abby Young

A bee sting is acidic and is between 4.5 and 5.5 on the pH scale. As bee stings are acidic, if stung, it is key to counteract the acidity of a bee sting with something alkaline based such as bicarbonate of soda. Interestingly, wasp stings are alkaline so vinegar is used to counterbalance a sting.