Scorpions belong to arachnid family and are predatory creatures. Their characteristics are they have a pair of grasping pedipalps that resemble a hair clamp, eight legs, and also a segmented and narrow tail. Their tail is carried a forward curve over their back and has a stinger at the end.Scorpions use their sting to catch their prey and to defend themselves. They hunt all night. They will not use their sting unless in provoked condition or they feel threatened. The potency they sting humans may vary. It depends on the species of the scorpion. One thing you have to know about scorpions, they have a thing in common which is their sting possesses venom that usually is neurotoxic. For more information about scorpion sting, it will be explained down below.
Scorpion Sting: Symptoms Treatment and Identification
The pain you feel after it stings you is extreme and instantaneous. In about five minutes, the sting will show the swelling and redness. If the more severe symptoms are going to occur, it will take time for about an hour. A scorpion sting can be deadly for human, even though it is very rare. In the world, there are an estimated 1,500 species of scorpion. Some of them which are about 30 species produce venom toxic enough to be fatal. A bark scorpion is one of them that you can find in the United States which is the only deadly one in there.
Most of the scorpion stings which occur in the United States cause few signs, and scorpion sting symptoms such as redness, pain, and the warm feeling in the site of the sting. On the other hand, the bark scorpion’s venom is very toxic and also can be deadly for those who have highly sensitive to the sting which is especially the children. There are more severe symptoms such as unusual eye, neck, and head movements, muscle twitching, sweating, drooling, vomiting, low blood pressure, high blood pressure, accelerated heart rate, excitability or restlessness.
So, how to treat the scorpion sting? There are two ways of scorpion sting treatment. A first way is, by seeking medical assistance. You have to call emergency service you believe the victim is showing severe symptoms, or the victim belongs to an elderly person, children, have a weak lungs or heart. After that, you have to describe the victim and also the scorpion to the medical assistance. All you have to do is waiting and be there for the victim because the victim would likely not do anything if the dangerous symptoms develop.
The second way is, taking scorpion sting home remedy. First thing is to find the sting site. It is usually noticeable by the redness dwelling which is following with burning or sharp pain sensation, numbness or tingling. The sting spot may be in the lower position of your body but may be on the rest of your body too. After that, you have to wash the sting spot with water and soap to remove the residual venom and keep it clear from any infection. The important thing, keep the injured area below the heart level and minimize the victim’s movement to avoid a faster heartbeat which will spread venom more quickly.
Apply ice or cold pack on the sting spot for around ten to fifteen minutes at the time. It can slow the venom spread, numb the pain, and reduce swelling. If the pain is still intense, take the painkillers to reduce it. You can take aspirin or ibuprofen, and do not forget to always follow the directions. If you have recovered from the sting, you still have to check in with a doctor to reduce the risk of infection or other complications.