Not all species of scorpions are dangerous to humans. In fact, only a small percentage of scorpions can actually cause lethal symptoms to an otherwise healthy, adult individual. One common problem with a scorpion sting is that not many people are aware that they have been stung by a scorpion. In order to know whether a sting is in fact caused by a scorpion, there are telltale signs to look out for.
Scorpion Sting Symptoms
It is important to know the symptoms of a scorpion sting, especially in scorpion infested or prone areas, so as not to confuse the symptoms with a wasp or spider sting. Knowing the symptoms of a scorpion sting will also help in the timely delivery of accurate and appropriate treatment or antivenom.
- Pain, burning, or tingling sensation at the affected site
- Malaise or weakness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abnormal head and neck movements
- Eye twitching
- Heart palpitations
- Breathing difficulties
- loss of consciousness
Scorpion Sting First Aid
- Place ice pack over the affected area for up to 2 hours.
- Elevate the affected limb to heart level.
- Acetaminophen may be administered to relieve pain.
- Calcium gluconate 10% solution may be injected intravenously for muscle spasms.
- Diazepam may be administered to help with severe convulsions.
- Administer antivenom as necessitated.
- Never administer morphine or meperidine as this worsens respiratory depression caused by the venom.
Scorpion Sting Treatment
- Wash the area with clean soap and water.
- Apply ice pack over the site of the scorpion sting.
- Administer acetaminophen to relieve pain.
- Call 911 or poison control for other necessary treatments.
- If stung by a Bark Scorpion, the individual should seek immediate medical intervention.