First Aid

First Aid for Scorpion Sting


Scorpion sting is caused by an insect called scorpion which is found mostly in the hot countries. It is a small insect with a long tail and are found in black and red colors mostly. Its always better to act quickly than to wait till the reaction becomes severe because scorpion sting is very dangerous.


  • Swelling can be from mild to moderate.
  • Severe pain around the site.
  • A feeling of numbness at the sting site.
  • Excessive salivation.
  • Nausea or Episodes of vomiting.


  • Victim should be immobilised.
  • The victim should be made to follow the below firstaid plan to reduce further complications.
  • Wash the scorpion sting site under cold cold water if possible.
  • Topical application of an ointment like antihistamine or analgesics.
  • To decrease the pain and swelling apply ice packs on the area.
  • If the symptoms subside,make the client rest at home or else take the victim to the hospital.
  • Application of antiseptic ointment at the the area.
  • Administration of tetanus injection.
  • If possible apply a sterile pad over the sting site.

Some of the things which should not be done are :

  • Never slash the sting site to let the venom out.
  • Do not tie a tourniquet because if applied at the wrong site can cause further complications like reducing the blood supply to the part.
  • Never suck the venom out.

Watch out for serious reactions like :

  • Disorientation.
  • Shock.
  • Hyperventilation.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Increase in pulse or heart-rate.


People living near the area or travelling or working at places where scorpions are found commonly are requested to keep the following things for an emergency.

  • An ointment containing antiseptic properties,an analgesic or a corticosteroid.
  • Benadryl.
  • Acetaminophen.
  • The above items easily fit in a wallet or purse for carrying.

2 responses to First Aid for Scorpion Sting

  1. is there any treatment or first aid through slow electric shok?

    • admin said on May 3, 2010

      cp singh,
      I have already written an article on first aid for electric shock. you can read it. Hope you get the necessary information.


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