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Scorpion Sting Definition

Scorpion stings are painful. Many may go through minor problems like swelling, tingling or numbness due to the sting. A bark scorpion sting can cause severe symptoms, as its venom is more potent. Young children and older adults may require immediate treatment.

Scorpion Sting Risk Factors

The factors that may increase the risk of scorpion stings are location, environment, season and travel. Scorpions are found in the deserts of Arizona, Mexico, South America, north and South Africa, Middle East and India.

Another factor is the environment. Bark scorpions, commonly known as house scorpion and can be hiding in the firewood, bed linen, clothes, garbage pails, and shoes. Scorpions are more likely to be seen during spring and summer. It is more likely to encounter dangerous scorpions when on a hike or camping.

Scorpion Sting Symptoms

Scorpion stings symptoms are:

  • Intense pain
  • Tingling and numbness in the area around the sting
  • Swelling around the sting area

If a bark scorpion bites, severe symptoms are visible, which are as follows:

  • Unusual head, neck and eye movements
  • Muscle twitching or thrashing
  • Sweating
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Accelerated heart rate or irregular heartbeat
  • High or low blood pressure levels
  • Restlessness or anxiety or crying profusely (in children)

If a child is stung by a scorpion, immediately get medical help. If adults manifest a variety of symptoms, seek medical attention right away.

Scorpion Sting Diagnosis

Scorpion sting is usually diagnosed based on the symptoms. In case of severity of symptoms, doctors may recommend blood tests or imaging tests to check whether the venom has affected other body organs.

Scorpion Sting Treatments

Medical treatment for scorpion sting is not always required. But venomous stings should be taken seriously. Doctors may advise hospitalization, followed by bed rest, tranquilizers for muscle spasms and injections to regulate blood pressure, pain and anxiety.

UPDATED ON 15/11/2023

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