Symptoms and Signs of Scorpion Sting

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Medically Reviewed on 7/2/2021

Doctor's Notes on Scorpion Sting

Scorpions are a member of the Arachnida class and are closely related to ticks, spiders, and mites. Most types of scorpions do not deliver enough venom to cause serious harm or death to humans, but stings from some species can be fatal. Scorpions hunt at night and during the day tend to hide along rocks or trees. They are most common in arid or desert regions. 

Symptoms associated with a scorpion sting include pain, burning, tingling, or numbing sensation at the location of the sting. The stinger from a scorpion is usually not left in the tissue at the site of the sting. Scorpions may sting more than once. A severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) is a rare consequence of a scorpion sting.

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