San Antonio, TX is home to the Striped Bark Scorpion. The scorpion is not the deadliest of the scorpion species, but its sting packs quite a painful punch. Their stings can be dangerous to the elderly, the young, and those with susceptible immune systems. If you suffer from a respiratory infection, or any long-term illness, you may find yourself in a more perilous situation. This is the time when the sting is most likely going to kill you.
If you are stung by a scorpion, you may experience any of the following: pain, difficulty breathing, sweating, skin reactions, rapid heart beat, blurred vision, slurred speech, hypertension, and drowsiness. Advanced symptoms may include chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In severe cases, one can experience respiratory, cardiovascular, or neurological failure.
If you ever get stung by a scorpion, here are some tips on handling the sting:
Don’t panic. A natural reaction to a scorpion sting is to panic. Remain calm so you don’t add to any of the possible sting reactions that may occur—like hypertension. Remaining calm decreases the blood pressure and heart rate, limiting the spread of the scorpion’s venom.
Get help. If you are experiencing any of the more severe aforementioned symptoms, head to the nearest hospital. Medical specialists can immobilize the affected, keeping the venom from spreading any further into the body. This delays the absorption of the poison. Most hospitals have scorpion antivenom that may save your life. These antivenoms can be pricey, but it’s better to be safe then sorry.
Wash the infected area. If you are not experiencing any severe symptoms, and you wish to treat the sting at home, simply make use of a soap and warm water. Allow the water to run through your wound while you gently rub it with soap. It’s important that you habitually wash the wound until it heals.
Apply an antiseptic. The use of an antiseptic can help reduce the possibility of infection. Rubbing alcohol, Bactine, hydrogen peroxide, or iodine are all acceptable antiseptics you can use to further clean and disinfect the wound.
Apply a cold compress. After being stung by a scorpion, you will likely experience some pain and swelling around the infected area. After washing, apply an ice pack to help minimize these symptoms.
Do not do any of the following:
Don’t handle the scorpion that stung you. The odds are pretty good that the scorpion still has the ability to sting some more, even if it appears to be lifeless.
Don’t cut open the wound. A common myth when dealing with insect bites is to slash the wound allowing blood to flow to the infected area. This actually increases the likelihood of an infection.
Don’t suck out the poison. Don’t allow other to suck out the venom either. Venom can be transferred from person to person, and it can lead to ulcers in the mouth.
It is rare that a person actually dies from a scorpion sting, but it is still advisable to avoid contact with scorpions. If you have been stung by a scorpion, follow the above tips. If you do not want to be stung by a scorpion, contact a San Antonio pest control professional today.
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