When to Seek Medical Care for a Scorpion Sting in Arizona
First you feel it! OUCH!
It burns! It stings!
Parts of your body begin to feel numb!
Being stung by a scorpion is nasty business, but once you’ve been stung, what do you do next?
- Most infants, small children and the elderly, especially if they are stung by a bark scorpion, which inhabits large areas in Arizona and New Mexico, should be seen quickly by a doctor since some of the severe reactions occur in these populations.
- However, anyone who experiences severe symptoms after a scorpion sting will need immediate treatment in an emergency room.
- Call 911 and/or Poison Control (1-800-222-1222)
- Continuously apply ice to the sting area.
- If there is no danger to other people, carefully collecting a dead or injured scorpion into a sealed container to show to the physician may be helpful.