Important Tips for Scorpion Sting First Aid

Scorpion sting aid is simple. In fact, you can treat a scorpion sting at home with ingredients you probably have in your medicine cabinet right this very moment. If you live in an area where scorpions are plentiful, you may want to take note of the ingredients needed for this scorpion sting remedy and pack up a little baggie of supplies to bring along with you when you take your kids to the park, go hiking or go camping; it is also wise to have another first aid pack set up at home for quick response. It's important to respond quickly to a scorpion sting just in case the reaction is severe.

Scorpion Sting Symptoms
A scorpion sting is never fun. The following are common symptoms of a scorpion sting:

  • Intense pain at the sting site
  • Mild swelling around sting site
  • Numbness in area of sting
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Excessive salivation

Scorpion Sting Treatment
If a scorpion stings you, follow this scorpion sting first aid plan for minimization of pain:

  1. Wash the affected area: If possible, get the site of the sting under cold water immediately.
  2. Medicate topically: Apply a layer of ointment containing an antihistamine, a corticosteroid, and an analgesic.
  3. Apply ice: Hold a bag of ice over the ointment on the area. The ice will reduce the pain and inflammation.
  4. Medicate orally: Take one dose of Benadryl (antihistamine) and one dose of a pain killer (acetaminophen).
  5. Go to the hospital: Because some scorpion stings can be fatal, you will need to go to the emergency room to get evaluated for scorpion anti-venom. If possible, get someone else to drive you.
  6. Ice as needed: Keep applying ice until pain is tolerable.  You may experience pain for any length of time between a few hours to a couple days.

Watch for A Serious Reaction
Of all the types of scorpions in the United States, only one type is seriously toxic: the bark scorpion. The bark scorpion is found in Arizona, California, and New Mexico. The sting of the bark scorpion can cause serious symptoms, including anaphylactic shock, which can result in death. If you notice any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical care by calling 911:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Hyperventilation
  • Racing pulse or heartbeat
  • Disorientation
  • Anaphylactic shock

Items to Pack for a Scorpion Sting Treatment Package
If you live in or are traveling to an area where scorpions are common, have the following on hand in case of an emergency:

  • An ointment containing an antihistamine, a corticosteroid, and an analgesic
  • One oral dose of Benadryl
  • One oral dose of acetaminophen

All three of these items are small enough to fit into a wallet, purse, knapsack or first aid kit.

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