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How To Care For Scorpion Stings

First Aid KitI recently wrote about the signs and reactions of a scorpion sting. So, let’s say you have determined you have been stung by a scorpion by demonstrating some of the common symptoms and signs.

What do you do?

First Aid For Scorpion Stings

If you have been stung by a scorpion in Las Vegas, there are a few steps that should be taken to treat the sting, and alleviate your pain. Most treatment can be done in the comfort of your home, unless you’re experiencing symptoms that are serious in nature.

With the scorpion’s venom speeding up your heart-rate, it’s critical that you remain calm after being stung. Panicking will only increase your already elevated heart rate and blood pressure.

 

  • Take off your rings, watches, and bracelets. Once stung, you will likely swell, and your jewelry can cut off circulation; not to mention be very uncomfortable.
  • Tenderly clean the scorpion sting area with soapy, lukewarm water.
  • You should never cut into the sting area and try to suck out the venom. Doing so can cause infection and make the sting worse.
  • If the bite does happen to become infected, you’ll likely need antibiotics.
  • Rotate an ice pack or cold compress, 15 minutes on then 15 minutes off, at the sting site.
  • Elevate the sting area on pillow
  • If you are prone to insect allergies, like that of a bee sting, take an anti-allergy medication like Benadryl.
  • If you are experiencing pain, take a couple Tylenol every 4 hours until the pain subsides.
  • Do not take ibuprofen or aspirin after a scorpion sting.
  • If a sting victim is young, elderly, or ill. Seek medical attention. If your symptoms are severe or long lasting, seek medical attention as well.

 

HospitalWhen Should I Go The Hospital?

Pain, swelling, burning, numbness, and discoloration are all possible reactions to being stung by a scorpion. These sensations may last for mere moments, or may last for several days.

Like with any insect/arachnid bite or sting, severe reactions can take place.

If any of the above mentioned reactions continue for an extended time (several days or longer), or if they are severe in nature, then you should go to the hospital. A licensed physician will determine the severity of the sting reaction and suggest what additional treatment may be needed, including possible scorpion antivenom. The victim may be held overnight for medical observation.

Additionally, if an infant or someone with a compromised immune system is stung, you should go to the hospital immediately as well. In these cases, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If at all possible, and if it can be done safely, it helps if you can bring the scorpion into the hospital with you. The scorpion can be properly identified. In most Las Vegas scorpion sting cases, the likely culprit will be an Arizona Bark scorpion.

Any questions or concerns regarding scorpion stings can be directed to Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

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Being stung by a scorpion is nasty business. Make sure you have taken some preventative measure to keep yourself and your family from being stung.

Get Las Vegas Scorpion Control today:

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3932 Octagon Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 255-6313
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8201 Woodland Prairie Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 586-5179
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4550 Ziebart Pl # A
Las Vegas, NV 89103
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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.

OUCH!!!!

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

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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
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
K-9 Sweeps LLC: Bed Bug Control
& K9 Scent Detection
8201 Woodland Prairie Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 586-5179
k-9sweeps.com 
 
Orkin
4550 Ziebart Pl # A
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 597-9760
orkin.com
 

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