How to Treat a Scorpion Sting

Treat a Scorpion Sting
Treat a Scorpion Sting

How to Treat a Scorpion Sting. Scorpions are small creatures found mainly in desert and tropical regions of the world. If you are stung by a scorpion, you can treat the sting yourself in many cases, but a poisonous scorpion sting requires attention from your local hospital.

Things You'll Need

  • A dry towel
  • Water
  • Soap
  • A telephone
  • Topical bite relief medication (optional)

Identify the sting. If you have pain, burning, a little swelling and slight numbness, you can treat the sting yourself. However, if you experience hyperactivity, blurry vision, muscle twitching, tingling of the extremities or roving eye movements, the sting may be poisonous.

Go immediately to the nearest hospital if you experience a poisonous sting, such as from a bark scorpion.

Wash the area of the sting with soap and water.

Call the poison control center at 1-800-362-0101.

Call your doctor and schedule to have your tetanus shots brought up to date if they currently are not.

Apply topical medication if necessary.

Keep a close eye on the sting and your health. If you feel sick or the sting swells abnormally, seek care at an emergency room immediately.

Tips & Warnings

  • When camping, inspect your belongings regularly to make sure you don't accidentally sit or step on a scorpion.
  • Use pesticides to keep scorpions out of your house.
  • Pets are not safe from scorpion stings. Make sure you have your vet on call if a pet gets stung.
  • Do not hesitate to go to the hospital if you are stung by a poisonous species of scorpion.
  • Always seek medical advice if you sting does not clear up quickly.

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