With heavy concentrations of scorpions in states like Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas, it is imperative to know how to treat a scorpion sting. We share our home, Arizona, with the most venomous Scorpion in all of the United States: the Arizona Bark Scorpion. These little guys may look harmless, but don’t be caught off guard and unprepared if you end up having an up-close and personal run-in with one.
DETERMINE THE SEVERITY OF THE STING
Depending on the species of Scorpion that inflicted the sting, symptoms can range from slight discomfort to intense pain and muscle spasms. Some stings can be handled with simple methods such as icing the area and taking pain-relievers. With that said, if you or your loved ones are stung and experience more severe symptoms such as hives, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest pain, you will need to seek medical assistance from a doctor immediately. It’s also always best to be safe than sorry, so when in doubt, check it out! If you’re even slightly questioning the severity of your bite, call 911 and go see a doctor right away.
AT HOME TREATMENT
If you’ve been stung and you aren’t experiencing any severe symptoms, there are a few things you can do to treat the wound from the comfort of your home. Clean the area with warm water and a mild soap, and apply a cold compress. It is best to begin treating it within the first few hours, as this will help stop the spread of the scorpion’s venom. If you’re feeling any mild pain or discomfort, you can take mild pain-relievers like ibuprofen to take the edge off.
SEE YOUR DOCTOR
If you begin to experience any of the more severe symptoms mentioned above or anything more than mild discomfort, seek medical assistance immediately. Most scorpion stings won’t require seeing a doctor, though the possibility is always there. Seeing a doctor can open up the opportunity of using sedatives or antivenom to help treat the effects of the sting. There is also the chance that what you are experiencing could be an allergic reaction, in which case, only a medical professional would be able to appropriately diagnose it.
Combat Scorpions in Your Home
Time and time again the best safety measure it to take preventative action. At Insectek Pest Solutions, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service and ensure that our team of highly trained professionals will do everything they can to keep you and your family free from all pests, not just the scorpions. Take the time today to call us at (602) 795-7850 or contact us online and we would be happy to answer any questions you have.