Breaking news

scorpion sting | symptoms, benefits, prevention, treatment

Hussien Shrief Mohammed

What is a scorpion sting?

A sting is known as the pinch or sting that is exposed to by some types of insects, and the scorpion sting is considered one of the most dangerous stings, due to its secretion of poison that penetrates into the arteries or blood vessels, causing side effects that may be life-threatening, so we will introduce you in this article in website to All the harms and risks of a scorpion sting, with a mention of some of the benefits that can be obtained in return.

scorpion sting | symptoms, benefits, prevention and treatment methods
the scorpion

scorpion sting treatment

It is important to first diagnose a scorpion sting to determine the type of poison and symptoms of the sting, and the method usually used for diagnosis is to take blood samples and check the effect of the venom on the heart, liver, lung and other functional organs.

The vast majority of scorpion stings do not require any kind of treatment, but if symptoms intensify, or the sting is suspected to be of a dangerous type, or a small child is injured, it will be necessary to resort to specialized doctors as soon as possible.

Medical treatment for scorpion sting

Many medicinal products are used to treat people with scorpion stings, the most important of which are analgesic drugs to relieve pain and treat muscle spasms, as well as medical injections injected into a vein to treat high blood pressure, and relieve agitation and pain on the injured.

As for the use of an antidote for poison, it is a matter of disagreement among specialized scientists; As some do not believe in its effectiveness and fear its side effects (especially for the old types of these drugs), as well as its high cost and providing it to the injured may not be easy.

Antivenoms are most effective if they are given to the victim immediately after the bite and before the appearance of bad symptoms. Therefore, their primary use is preventive; It is usually given to children who are bitten in rural or remote areas far from large hospitals, and the aim is to protect the affected child from the deterioration of his symptoms until he reaches the hospital.

What is the first aid treatment for scorpion bite?

scorpion sting | symptoms, benefits, prevention and treatment methods
scorpion sting

In the event that a child is bitten by a scorpion without the presence of a specialized doctor, there are a number of precautions that may help to take before taking the victim to the hospital, the most important of which are the following:

  1. Sterilize the affected area with alcohol or soap and water.
  2. Putting a little ice or something cold on the affected area for ten minutes, then the ice is removed for another ten minutes, and the process is repeated until reaching the hospital. This procedure helps to slow the spread of poison in the body, and is effective for approximately two hours after the injury.
  3. No food or liquids should be given to the casualty if he has difficulty swallowing.
  4. Pain relievers may be taken if it is severe.

How to prevent a scorpion sting?

The sting of a scorpion is sometimes painful, and sometimes fatal, it may threaten the lives of young children sometimes, and it is in danger when the elderly are injured because of the serious complications it causes for them. The following is an explanation of the procedures that a person can follow to reduce the chances of scorpion stings:

  1. Remove piles of rocks or wood around the house that help the scorpion nest, and not store firewood in the house.
  2. Maintaining the lawn constantly, arranging shrubs, and scattered tree branches, which help provide a place for scorpions.
  3. Working on sealing open cracks, repairing torn cracks, and installing a grille for doors and windows.
  4. Get rid of gloves, shoes, and clothes that have not been used for a while.
  5. While traveling to areas where killer scorpions are present - especially rural places - shoes must be worn all the time, and special clothes, bed linen, and personal items must be constantly arranged.
  6. Use forceps if there is a scorpion, and gently move it away from humans.

scorpion sting symptoms

scorpion sting | symptoms, benefits, prevention and treatment methods
scorpion stings

The effects of most scorpion stings are limited to a small part of the body, where this part is exposed to the effects of the most obvious pain and local heat, and they may be very severe even if the place of the sting does not show a clear effect (such as redness or swelling).

The injured person may also feel a kind of numbness and tingling in the area surrounding the site of the injury, except for that, the adult human body is not likely to be affected by worse symptoms as a result of a scorpion sting, but children and the elderly may be exposed to much worse effects, and one of the most important scorpion sting symptoms have the following:

  1. Severe pain in the affected area with swelling and redness.
  2. Increased salivation in the mouth.
  3. Increased sweating.
  4. difficulty breathing.
  5. High temperature of the injury site.
  6. Vomiting and diarrhoea.
  7. Hypertension.
  8. Rapid or irregular heartbeat.
  9. Unnatural movement of the eye, head and/or neck.
  10. Muscle contraction and twitching.
  11. Agitation and involuntary crying.
  12. If a person has been previously stung by a scorpion, his body may show sensitivity and double reactions from the new sting.

scorpion sting benefits

  1. Contribute to the treatment of cancer, as doctors recently discovered that the needle in the back of the scorpion has the ability to detect the location of malignant tumors in the body after exposing it to a certain type of medical radiation, due to the “chlorotoxin” substance in the poison.
  2. Treating some skin diseases, especially those caused by fungal infections such as lupus, which lead to excessive hair loss.
  3. Preventing rheumatoid arthritis and reducing the pain associated with it.
  4. Facilitating heart transplantation and treating multiple sclerosis.
  5. The possibility of using it in the future in the manufacture of pain-relieving medicines, as studies have shown that scorpion venom contains some chemicals that would eliminate pain, but this matter is still being studied, as doctors want to ensure the harmful side effects that may result from this medicine.
  6. Taking immunity against scorpion stings in the future, meaning that the person who is exposed to this sting will not suffer from dangerous side effects.