Scorpions don't bite, but scorpions sometimes sting. If you remain calm, it is not difficult to treat a scorpion sting. Local medical centers are familiar with the treatment.
If you want to be able to recognize scorpions when you come across them, here are pictures of some of the most common species.
Sometimes people don't know they were stung by a
scorpion. It is important to recognize scorpion sting symptoms:
immediate pain or burning, very little swelling, sensitivity to touch,
and a numbness/tingling sensation. Also a scorpion running away from the scene of the crime could be a dead giveaway as well.
If you are stung by any scorpion here are some immediate actions you should take:
Things You Will NeedA calm head as well as a damp washcloth and aspirin if you decide you can't take some mildly intense pain.
Step 1First thing that happens when you get stung by a scorpion is you want to go crazy and probably break something, but before you do anything is you want to remain calm as not to get your heart racing which can spread the poison around your body. Just remember to be calm.
Step 2Wash the area of the scorpion sting with soap and water to clean out anything that may harm you.First
Step 3Apply a cool compress on the area of the scorpion sting which is normally a rag soaked in water, but you never want to apply ice directly to the area of the bite and always want to stick with cold compress.
Step 4If stung on the arm or even the leg; you should elevate the limb to heart level.
Step 5If you are worried about the pain that comes with the sting you could take some aspirin or pain reliever to help take the edge off and help relax your body.
Step 6If you develop symptoms such as numbness or tingling of extremities or face, blurry vision, or muscle twitching, roving eye movements, go to the nearest emergency room. Young children and older people who are stung by a scorpion should be taken to the emergency room immediately.
Tips & Warnings
- Scorpions glow brightly under UV light (black light).
- Scorpions are basically immune to most pesticides, but if you suspect your house has scorpions, call an exterminator to help reduce the scorpions food source around the house which is other insects.
- Very few people die from scorpion stings and the few that do are normally the elderly and very young children. Pets can also be at risk to dying from a sting as well.
- Be Calm