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.Â These symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- A thick tongue
- Blurred vision
- 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 â€” 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.