First aid management of scorpion bite

Scorpion bite management
First aid management of scorpion bite

Scorpion bite is a wound or reaction caused on the skin when sting by a scorpion leading to numbness, pain, blurred vision and difficulty in swallowing. It is generally a very uncommon incident.

Scorpions are found all over the world, but many avoid human habitats. Some scorpion species share their habitat with humans and can inflict a painful sting with their tail, injecting venom in the process.

In many cases, the effect of the venom is not life-threatening in humans. However, some scorpions are potent enough to cause severe symptoms and even death

Most scorpion stings don’t need medical treatment. But if symptoms are severe, you may need to receive care in a hospital.


Variety of scorpions

First aid management for scorpion bite

Home treatment is usually sufficient for most of the scorpion sting and it comprises of:

  • Wash the scorpion sting site with soap and water.
  • Remove any jewelry worn at the scorpion bite site, as swelling in the site region will slow down the circulation if tissues are not allowed to expand.
  • Application of ice or cool compresses should be done for at least 10 minutes. Remove the cold compresses for 10 minutes then apply again. This will help in easing the pain, burning sensation and swelling due to scorpion bite.
  • Elevate the affected region or area above the level of the heart this helps reduce pain and slow the venom’s spread to other parts of the body.
  • Keep the person still and calm as possible, this will slow down the spreading of the poison.
  • Over the counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen and Ibuprofen can be taken for pain relief of scorpion bite.
  • Do not make a cut in the wound and avoid applying suction to it.
  • OnionĀ is an effective home remedy for Scorpion Bite. Onion juice has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Applying onion juice on the scorpion bite site can be helpful first aid.

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