About 25 scorpion species have venom than can be deadly to humans. Others can’t give that serious danger but can trigger allergic reaction which can be equally lethal as well. If by chance you were stung by this creature, know the first aid treatment or the basics of what you should do.
- Know the emergency hotline (or hotlines) of your country or region just like the 911 in the US.
- Describe the victim adequately to the person on at the end of the hotline number. You should know that there are different reactions of poison as per age period. Children, elderly and people with respiratory illness are weaker than most of us. Their reaction to the poison could be more severe.
- Let someone monitor the victim as you call for medical assistance. Tell the person looking after the victim to be alert of any serious symptoms such as vomiting, foaming at the mouth, twitching and involuntary muscle movements, difficulty in breathing, speaking, swallowing or walking and involuntary urination or excretion.
- You can locate and clean the sting area with soap and water.
- Let the victim calm down to prevent heart palpitation; hence, the rapid circulation of blood and fast absorption of the venom within the body system.
- Apply cold compress to the sting area and you can give the victim over the counter painkillers (like ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen) to diminish the pain.
- If you can, catch the scorpion that had stung the victim or if you can’t, at least take a picture of it in different angles. It is important that the medics identify the type of scorpion that stung the victim.
- Go to your physician as soon as possible, without further delay.