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Comment from: menkiti, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 14

I live in Lagos, Nigeria western part. I was stung by a scorpion for the first time and as I am writing this I am scared, am only feeling the sharp pain from the sting. There is no light so there is no where I can lay my hands on ice and it's late. I still feel ok apart from being scared. I drank a lot of palm oil though but no change. It is a little scorpion. So I think I will have to wait for hours to see if a reaction occurs.

Comment from: dozey, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

I was stung in Hawaii in the jungle by dark brown scorpion, about 3 inches long. I was stung on my shin, just above the hiking boot. Excruciatingly painful! I had to walk over an hour out of the area on rough trail. By the time we got to our car I was dizzy, tingling all over, still in lots of pain. I used Lanacane anti-sting lotion at wound site, and bourbon for mental distress. I was sore and unable to eat for a couple of days. One week later, wound is still clearly visible. I'm going to get a scorpion tattoo there!

Comment from: Kimberly in Arizona, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

Scorpions don't bite. I was stung on big toe and had unbearable pain for about 8 hours. It felt like hot coals being applied to my foot and leg. I took prescription pain medicines and 2 Benadryl tablets and passed out, when I woke the pain was gone. The next day I had severe numbness, tingling, and pins and needles feeling. On the 3rd day all better. I hate scorpions!

Comment from: aw, 35-44 (Patient) Published: July 29

I got stung by a scorpion yesterday. I was getting ready for work, grabbed a washcloth, ran under water, and started to wash my face. Bam, the scorpion had stung me in my nose! My tongue and lips went numb, stomach has been cramping, and I had diarrhea the next day. I have been taking Benadryl. I am starting to feel better now.

Comment from: Nancypp, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I've been stung by bark scorpions in southeastern Arizona about 15 times over 10 years (including twice just 3 weeks ago), and it hurts somewhat for 2 hours, but this time was different! My tongue and throat swelled within 15 minutes, then I got severe, painful stomach cramps that lasted a full hour. Twenty hours later faint cramps returned for a few hours. Possibly it wasn't a scorpion at all, but I know what the sting feels like.

Comment from: hawkgrrrl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

I was stung by a yellow scorpion on my ring finger. It was hiding in my gym shoe. Poison control was fabulous. They gave me great advice, put me at ease, and called to check up on me throughout the day. I still have a very numb, tingly hand.

Comment from: JJDM, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I can't tell if I have been stung by a scorpion or a bee. I have seen pictures of a bee sting, but can find none of a scorpion's.

Comment from: kathynm, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I immediately put Bactine on it. Then I put on loose sock. I took Benadryl and Tylenol. The next day, I had no pain. Somehow, I ended up in the emergency room. I got shots and medications there and I woke unable to wear a shoe.

Comment from: Cisco, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 27

I was painting the front porch and needed to move a water fountain when a brown scorpion got me real good on my right index finger. Living in south central Texas near Goliad, I've encountered a countless number of scorpions over the years but had never been bitten. There has been a dramatic increase in their presence in the last few years, possibly due to the extreme drought. The pain began instantaneously. I had to pull the stinger from my finger. I washed it immediately and a Mexican lady insisted I apply some garlic to the wound, which I did. Within 45 minutes, the pain had subsided to over 50% of what it was. Needless to say I was very thankful and appreciative to that kind lady.

Comment from: Rancher, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I always wear gloves to move feed sacks. I did not have gloves on, and I picked up a feed sack that was the last one on the pallet. I was stung by a pale yellow scorpion! She was covered by baby scorpions that were almost transparent. The sting was on last knuckle and my ring finger. I took an antihistamine. The pain reduced, and I continued chores.


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