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Wilderness: Scorpion Sting (cont.)

Scorpion Sting Symptoms

In general, the sting usually causes discomfort that slowly decreases over time. The discomfort, described below, usually ranges from moderate to severe.

  • A person who has been stung by a scorpion may feel a painful, tingling, burning or numbing sensation at the sting site.
  • The reaction at the sting site may appear mild. However, infrequently, a person experiencing a serious reaction may develop severe symptoms throughout the body. Severe symptoms include widespread numbness, difficulty swallowing, a thick tongue, blurred vision, roving eye movements, seizures, salivation, and difficulty breathing. These symptoms constitute a medical emergency. Death may occur.

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