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Wilderness: Scorpion Sting (cont.)

Scorpion Sting Treatment

In most scorpion stings of adults, treatment is simply supportive and can be done at home.

  • Wash the sting with soap and water and remove all jewelry because swelling of tissue may impede the circulation if it not allowed to expand (for example, a sting on a finger that has a ring surrounding it).
  • Apply cool compresses, usually 10 minutes on and ten minutes off of the site of the sting.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 1-2 tablets every 4 hours may be given to relieve pain (usually not to exceed 3g per 24 hours). Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) because they may contribute to other problems.
  • Antibiotics are not helpful unless the sting area become secondarily infected.
  • Do not cut into the wound or apply suction.

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