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Signs & Reactions Of A Scorpion Sting

scorpion on rocksImagine lying in your warm, comfy bed after a long days work when you suddenly feel something bite or sting your leg.


You jump out of bed, frantically ripping the covers off, desperately searching for the little bugger that got you. You search and search, but cannot find the culprit. You begin to worry because you know that Las Vegas is home to the very dangerous and very common Bark Scorpion.

If you suspect you’ve been stung by a scorpion look for some of the following signs and reactions:

Signs Of A Scorpion Sting

If you believe you’ve been stung by a scorpion, look for some of the following signs:

  • Pain
  • Burning sensation
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Edema (fluid accumulating under skin)
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Sensitive to hot or cold
  • Regional lymph node enlargement

Severe Scorpion Sting Reactions


There is actually a huge range of reactions that can occur from a scorpion sting. Severe reactions are more likely to occur with individuals who have existing insect allergies (bee stings).

  • Mild to severe pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Blurred vision
  • Twitching muscles
  • Numbness in mouth or face
  • Sensation of thick tongue
  • Hyperactivity

Most of these reactions would be deemed as severe, with the exception of the mild pain. Under these conditions it would be best to seek medical assistance immediately; after a suspected scorpion sting. Although rare, scorpion stings have lead to respiratory failure, coma, organ disease or failure and even fatality.

Scorpion First Aid

First off, if you have a compromised immune system, have insect allergies, or the victim is a child or elderly person; seek medical attention as soon as possible. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

All other victims of scorpion stings can treat the ailment at home. Wash the sting area with hot soapy water, dry, and then apply Bactine. To reduce the swelling, ice the sting in increments of ten minutes. Stay calm, elevate the sting area, and take some Tylenol (not aspirin or ibuprofen).

Scorpion StingerScorpion Stings: Additional Info

While Bark Scorpion stings can be deadly, most are comparable to the sting from a bee or wasp. Deaths from a scorpion are far more common in other parts of the globe. Brazil for example has nearly 50 scorpion sting related deaths each and every year. A sting will not spread any sort of disease.

Las Vegas Scorpion Control

If you have been stung by a scorpion, you know you never want to go through it again. Prevent scorpions from entering your home and hanging out on your property with professional Las Vegas scorpion control.

Bulwark Exterminating
3932 Octagon Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 255-6313 
K-9 Sweeps LLC: Bed Bug Control
& K9 Scent Detection
8201 Woodland Prairie Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 586-5179 
4550 Ziebart Pl # A
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 597-9760

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February 19, 2014 at 11:16 pm
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