4 Home Remedies to Treat a Scorpion Sting

4 Home Remedies to Treat a Scorpion Sting
4 Home Remedies to Treat a Scorpion Sting

You’re outside working on your yard and get stung by a scorpion. What the first thing you should do?

• Take antibiotics
• Call 911
• Wash using soap
• Cut into sting

Answer: Wash Using Soap

The first thing you should do if you’re stung by a scorpion is wash the sting with soap. Here’s why…

Getting stung by a scorpion sucks. It’s not only painful but scorpions don’t lose their stinger and will continue to sting until they no longer feel threatened. They are considered to be members of the Arachnida class and are related to spiders, ticks, and mites.

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Out of the 2000 or so scorpion species, there’s only around 25 to 40 that are have toxins or poisons that are dangerous to humans, especially children.

Their stinger is located at the end of the tail segment of the body. Their colors vary from tan to light brown to black and come in different sizes. They hunt at night and like hiding under rocks and near trees.

Symptoms of Scorpion Sting
On a pain level meter from 1 to 10, a scorpion sting is about a 6 to 7. The pain will slowly decrease but you’ll feel a tingling, burning, and even numbing sensation.

If you begin to feel numbness throughout the body, blurred vision, or difficulty breathing, it could mean you’re having an allergic reaction and should seek immediate medical attention.

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Home Remedy Treatment
Unless you’re having an allergic reaction, the best thing to do is to get some rest and follow some of the home remedies to treat a scorpion sting:

  • Immediately remove any watches, rings, or jewelry you are wearing as the sting can cause swelling and wash the sting with soap and water.
  • Apply cool compresses to the affected area for at 3 ten minute intervals.
  • Take 1-2 tablets of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) every 4 hours for pain relief. (Be careful not to exceed 3g per 24 hours.)
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  • Use antibiotics if the area becomes infected. It will not help otherwise. Be sure to consult a medical professional if needed.
  • DO NOT cut open wound or attempt to suck out the poison.
  • If a child has been stung, seek professional help immediately.
  • Scorpion stings are more common than you think. The best thing to do is stay calm and begin applying first aid treatment. Insect bites and stings can be painful but are not likely to cause death.

    If you or someone is having an allergic reaction, stop what you’re doing and call 911.

    ~To Your Survival!

    Stung by a Scorpion – with Sting Closeup!