Scorpion Sting

Scorpion Sting

Scorpion stings are most serious in young children, older adults and pets.

Symptoms of Scorpion Sting

Pain, burning and tingling sensation at sting site.

Person experiencing a serious reaction may develop severe symptoms throughout the body. These symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A thick tongue
  • Blurred vision
  • Movements
  • Seizures
  • Salivation
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscle twitching

First Aid in case of scorpion sting

If you are stung by any scorpion, including the Venomous Scorpion, here are some immediate actions you should take:

  • Wash the area of the scorpion sting with soap and water.
  • Apply a cool compress on the area of the scorpion sting. Ice (wrapped in a washcloth or other suitable covering) may be applied to the sting location for 10 minutes. Remove compress for 10 minutes and repeat as necessary.
  • Try to stay calm and quiet.
  • Don’t consume food or liquids — stings can cause throat swelling and difficulty in swallowing.

Scorpion Sting Tips

  • Be careful when camping or during other outdoor activities to make sure that a scorpion has not made a home in your clothes, shoes or sleeping bags.
  • Store garbage containers in a frame that allows them to rest above ground level.
  • Always wear shoes outdoors, especially around water sources, such as swimming pools and fountains.
  • Shake out your shoes and clothing before wearing them, in areas where scorpions are common.
  • When hiking or camping, wear long sleeves and pants and check your sleeping bag and clothing for scorpions every evening.

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