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What happens if you get scorpion sting?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Like a bee sting

Most scorpion stings cause only local pain , redness and swelling.
More severe systemic or allergic reactions can occur but are very rare. If there is any remnant of a stinger in the wound, it should be removed. Best to scrape a credit card across the wound to catch and pull out a stinger - avoid tweezers, which can push venom from the remnant into the wound. Antibiotics usually not needed.

In brief: Like a bee sting

Most scorpion stings cause only local pain , redness and swelling.
More severe systemic or allergic reactions can occur but are very rare. If there is any remnant of a stinger in the wound, it should be removed. Best to scrape a credit card across the wound to catch and pull out a stinger - avoid tweezers, which can push venom from the remnant into the wound. Antibiotics usually not needed.
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Dr. David Bennett
I practice in Arizona, and see many scorpion stings. Since the venom is a neurotoxin, it can cause serious reactions systemically. Most occur in children but up to 10% of adults, with a grade 4 envenomation, can get a serious systemic reaction. The great news is now we have ana-scorp, which works wonders for scorpion envenomation with systemic symptoms.
Dr. David Bennett
Almost all stings will result in pain and tingling in pts since it affects the nerves near the site of the sting. Its rare for the stinger to get stuck in the skin, like a bee sting.
Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A welt....

The stinger will introduce the scorpion's venom into he skin: 1.
Venom: activates autonomic peripheral and central nerves depending on concentration (# of stings) leading to irritability, fever, vomiting, profuse salivation, tremor, and convulsion. 2. The immune system activates, causing inflammation which, in itself, can cause damage manifested by swelling, redness, warmth, and pain.

In brief: A welt....

The stinger will introduce the scorpion's venom into he skin: 1.
Venom: activates autonomic peripheral and central nerves depending on concentration (# of stings) leading to irritability, fever, vomiting, profuse salivation, tremor, and convulsion. 2. The immune system activates, causing inflammation which, in itself, can cause damage manifested by swelling, redness, warmth, and pain.
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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

This all depends on the species or scorpion, severity of the sting, health of the patient, and age of the patient.

In brief: Depends

This all depends on the species or scorpion, severity of the sting, health of the patient, and age of the patient.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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