Scorpion Sting


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Comment from: TA, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

Three hours ago, I went to pick up what I thought was a dead leaf on the tile floor, only to immediately feel a needle go into the tip of my thumb. I had immediate searing pain - an electric-shock like sensation running down my thumb into my lower arm. Within 20 minutes, I was nauseous, felt weakened, and developed a slight headache. I killed the scorpion but saved it for ID later. I kept ice over the stinger penetration, took Tylenol, lay down and rested for 2 hours. I still feel off, disorientated, but not dead.

Comment from: Rottilover, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I was just stung by what I think was a small black scorpion. I was inside when I felt something in my hair. I grabbed it and pulled it out of my hair, and before I could even look to see what it was, I felt the jab to my left middle finger. Pain was intense, almost brought me to my knees. I still had the stinger and sac in my finger. Finally was able to scrape it off. Put ice and tobacco on it. Now it's swollen, tingly and numb and I feel little dizzy and sleepy. Not sure if I should tough it out.

Comment from: ErikP., 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

I got stung on the toe by a bark scorpion. It started off as a minor burn and escalated to a strong, uncomfortable tingling sensation over most of my foot and extended up to my mid shin. There was very little pain (2/10), except if anything touched my toe or foot, then the pain was pretty intense (7/10). I kept my foot low and applied lots of ice, took ibuprofen as a precaution for the pain. There was no swelling. Symptoms were mostly gone in 18 hours.

Comment from: Terriers7, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I just got nailed on my foot by a scorpion about an hour ago. I have been stung before, it hurts, but no big deal. This one is really painful, major swelling and tingling, now up past my ankle. I'm 71; guess not as tough as I used to be. I put baking soda and water for poultice effects, and icing it. I also have lidocaine ointment. I took OTC pain medicine. I was moving the hose in sandals, here in sunny Arizona. Going to remember bleach treatment suggested in this site; not heard of that, it sounded good.

Comment from: almost deafle, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I was stung by an Arizona bark scorpion July 10th. I have been stung twice before and was more angry than anything. I was stung in my left collar bone area. Within an hour my feet started tingling painfully, then legs, then my entire body, then my eyes started jerking back and forth uncontrollably, then I was arching my back to breathe. Didn't feel like I was choking, but rather not being able to get enough air in my lungs. My whole body felt like I was being electrocuted. Two doses of Anascorp saved me.

Comment from: Shaniebutt , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

On May 7th, 2021 I was lying in bed. I took my left arm out from the covers and seconds later bam! Something bit me, I flicked it and immediately I knew this bite was a different kind of bite (first time ever being bitten by a scorpion). I immediately pulled my covers down and there he was, a bark scorpion about 5 inches or so. The pain started immediately, so intense tingling and then numbness. It bit me on my forearm and that sensation went to my fingers. I called poison control and the pain lasted 48 hours.

Comment from: Kim La force, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I stepped on a scorpion 2 days ago. Regular treatment did the trick. My problem is I've had a migraine like headache since. Actually worse than a migraine. It starts above the front part of the head and travels all the way to my neck, going over the whole head. It is so painful, I throw up. What am I going to do to make it stop! I think 2 days is long enough. What happens if it continues for days! I am so sick.

Comment from: Steph AZ, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I was stung twice in a row by a bark scorpion on the side of my left thigh. This was my 4th time being stung so I was prepared for the pain. It kind of feels like a knife is stabbing you and at the same time getting shocked and sending electrical pulses down my leg. The next day 99 percent of the pain was gone. But over a week later I have a red swollen patch that itches where I was stung. I've never experienced this before. I'm wondering if it is because I was stung twice. Hopefully it goes away soon.

Comment from: Jon, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 19

Last night I walked barefoot into an unlit room and stepped on something - which turned out to be a bark scorpion (currently a resident in my freezer) - and I felt a stabbing pain on my little toe. I immediately thought (correctly) that it was a scorpion and ran into the bathroom and applied bleach to the area. It was the only thing I could think of at the moment. The pain went away in about a minute! I quickly read up on symptoms to look out for - but nothing developed. I feel very fortunate!


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Comment from: Gina, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I was transplanting a large succulent from one area of my yard to another when I was stung by a scorpion. I had been stung on my foot before and the pain was like a severe bee sting then, and no side effects. I thought it would be the same when it stung me on the inside of my finger by my joint. I was especially thirsty and nauseous at first which I thought was because I had worked in the heat for so long. My finger got very swollen and was tingling and numb. It’s now been 9 days and my whole hand hurts.

Comment from: Scarlet, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 27

I just got stung by a scorpion earlier on my left arm middle finger. I went to the emergency room but all they did is put a pack of cold compress on me. Now the pain is up to my left elbow. It is so painful and hard for me to move or to be touched by anything. It feels like I got hit with lightning or something. I just saw exactly where it got stung after like 8 hours after comparing my left and right hand fingers. I just hope the pain will stop soon because I am having hard time sleeping because of the pain. I wish I relieve the numbing feeling I am having even just a bit.

Comment from: Nikita7707 , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

Here in Phoenix, Arizona, I got stung by a scorpion over 30 times on my back while sleeping. Going on 6 days of burning pain. I received a tetanus shot. I am taking Advil and Aleve for the pain. Also using ice packs on the area that gives out a burning, itching pain. Hopefully it goes away soon, but I hear it can last up to 10 days.

Comment from: roadiegram, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 24

On the night of March 23rd, 2018 about 9:30 pm I walked outside in the gravel outside my home and felt a sharp stick in the little toe of my left foot. I was wearing Nike flip-flops which have a very thick sole. I thought I stepped on a sticker and looked down, and something was attached to my left foot. I shook my foot and flipped whatever it was off. The scorpion started crawling back toward me and I ran into the house. My foot immediately started hurting painfully. I woke my husband up and by the time we left the house for the emergency room (ER) my foot had started turning black. It was extremely painful. The ER is about 15 miles from my home. I sat in the ER for three hours with no attention except for having my vitals taken. By the time I did see the ER doctor my leg had turned black from my groin to my little toe and was extremely painful and swollen along a vein that goes from groin to foot. The ER doctor ordered an ultra sound to make sure there was no blood clot and sent me home with hydrocodone and ibuprofen and antibiotic instructions to come back if not better in three days. By Sunday the swelling and bleeding under the skin was worse so I opted to go to the ER about 50 miles from my home, and once again had an ultrasound of my leg which did not show the veins as the swelling was too much. I was again sent home with a prescription for more ibuprofen. By Thursday which had been one week my leg was worse and the pain almost unbearable even with the pain medicines. And I stared throwing up so once again I went to the ER and this time the ER doctor admitted me and they started an IV with blood draws about 3 times a day. By Sunday my red corpuscles had dropped to 6.8 so my attending doctor ordered a blood transfusion after which my blood corpuscles came up to 9.9 then immediately dropped back to 7. By Monday my blood had recouped on its own to 9.9 and all the time I was in the hospital I was receiving 100 cc per hour of IV solutions. I was able to come home. My leg has cleared up with only a small amount of discoloration in my heel but is still swelling during the day. I attribute the astute care I received from my attending doctor at the hospital for saving my life.

Comment from: Kara1, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I was stung by a scorpion on my left foot. I had immediate and severe pain, though I was not sure of the cause at that point. I had thought I had twisted my foot. Then tingling followed enveloping my entire left foot, then my right foot. I became nasally congested. Then both hands tingled and then my tongue. I tried drinking water and it tasted like salt water. I went to Urgent Care where they gave me 50 mg of Benadryl IM. Slowly the symptoms receded; first the nasal congestion, then then off taste, then my hands and lastly my feet. I was back to normal in 36 hours.

Comment from: MsCrisVee7, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

Today I was stung by a brown scorpion while getting ready for work. I felt a sting on my forearm with an immediate pain I had never before experienced. Soon after, a 3 inch scorpion fell from my shirt to the floor. The sting was intense, burning and very painful. So far, it has been about two hours since the sting and the area is throbbing and feels like it is on fire. My entire arm is aching and yet there is no redness or swelling. I will monitor to ensure there are no serious signs that require medical attention. I just hope that the pain does not last too long.

Comment from: lyle, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

I was stung by a scorpion on the stomach this morning. There is pain at the sting site. I have been stung by scorpions several times over my life. I no longer fear being stung. In fact, I have noticed recently that I feel better and stronger, after being stung. The same is true for me with wasps and bee stings. I suppose there is an endorphin effect or something. At any rate, I have been walking around with super powers this morning following the sting. I have heard of bee venom therapy, but never scorpion sting therapy. This is a typical scorpion found in Texas.


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Comment from: Screaming mama, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

Tonight I was stung on my left index finger lifting clothes off the floor. The scorpion was smaller than the adults we usually see. I used ice for about an hour and several times doused the sting site with frankincense oil. I believe the oil helps a great deal. Earlier this year I was stung on my middle finger tip by a very large one. That one was worse but the frankincense and ice helped quite a bit. Each time it felt like micro shards of glass cutting though my finger, or the sun burning in that one single point on my finger. Not fun! I also took some heavy duty Tylenol and willed myself to get some sleep. Good luck with yours.

Comment from: zouhair, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 05

Couple days ago I was stung by a scorpion in the middle of nowhere. I was in a fishing trip with a friend. It was scary but luckily I found a guy there who had been stung about 20 times. He tied my hand, made a small cut, and sucked the blood off it. He told it will burn awfully and I may have some climate change in my body, like feeling the rain and snow and sometimes feeling so hot. It did but my hand stayed numb for 14 hours. I didn't go to the hospital.

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: Lvbells, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

Last week I was stung by a midsized bark scorpion in my bed. The toxin specialist at the emergency room said they are the most toxic for humans. I felt immediate searing pain I can only describe as someone putting a lit cigarette on my skin and holding it for nearly 20 hours. I had an allergic reaction. Snot poured out my nose, my blood pressure went through the roof, my throat began to close up, and I was wheezing. Besides the pain the itching has been maddening 10 days later.

Comment from: Lawrance, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I was sleeping and at about 23:20, I had this sharp, excruciating pain on my testicles that I've never experienced in my entire life. I jumped out of bed and started jumping around, trying to figure out what happened. A scorpion had stung me, on my testicles of all places (my left one to be exact). I went back to the bedroom and opened the blanket to establish the cause, bam, there was the scorpion, brown and about 3 centimeters long. It also got me on my left thigh, I guess as I was jumping out of bed. I immediately thought of going to the emergency room but then I decided to read up on it first, it may not be as bad. I washed off with soap and water, put some ice on it and took some pain killers. It’s been a little over an hour now and the pain is still there, not as bad though, no numbness and I can still walk. I killed the scorpion and now I'm scared to go back to bed, I think I'll sleep in the lounge.

Comment from: Cazman1960, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I spend as much time as possible in the Redwoods West Sonoma CA, for the last 20 years in a sleepy little town called Cazadero. I can count on one hand how many of these blue scorpions I've seen in the last 20 years but this trip I've seen as many in one day. I was stung in bed yesterday on the toe of my right foot. I thought I was going to die but obviously I didn't. Many thanks to the folks who put up the information on what to expect and all of the contributing stories. My stinger friend was a good sized adult that somehow ended up under the covers at the foot of my bed. That'll teach me to remember to make it before starting my project work for the day. Anyways I was freaking out when I found it and immediately went online to learn what to do. My neighbors across the road are full time residents who have great fun at my expense. Like I had only hours to live and there's no antivenin for this species. What fun. Hurts a bit but feeling much better since yesterday.

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.

Comment from: hafeez, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 03

I was bitten by yellow scorpion on my left foot during morning walk on my home in our grassy courtyard. I threw my feet by reflux action due to sudden pain. The scorpion separated my foot. I killed the scorpion. I quickly rubbed the salt and soap at effected portion for two minutes and washed with clean water. I realized that due to above action, I felt relief within 10-15 minutes. I did not take any medicine.

Comment from: Sunshine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I was washing clothes and stepped into the pile and felt the most excruciating pain under my big toe area. I felt heat radiating up my leg! I let out a scream and my hubby came running! We really didn't know what to do so he grabbed ice cubes, sprayed Benadryl on the bite. I had to laugh it off otherwise I was going to cry! He dissolved salt into pail with warm water, and that helped!

Comment from: Tanya, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I was bitten last night while going to get a glass of water and can tell you it was the most painful thing I have ever experienced in the thirteen years that I lived here. The sting and burning sensation is horrible. My feet got numb and tingled. I washed with soap and antibacterial soap. I did not want to go to ER. By morning my leg was burning all the way to my knee with a red rash. I went to urgent care but all they said to do was to put ice and take ibuprofen and the burning should cease in a few days.

Comment from: carol, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 17

I was bit last night in my living room. I did not see the critter, but it got me in the nail of my left toe. The unbelievable pain forced me to go to urgent care this morning but unfortunately there was nothing they could do, but to put hydrocortisone cream on the rash. The doctor said that the burning sensation would go away after a few days. I hope so the pain is unbearable.

Comment from: b Ber, 45-54 Female Published: June 12

My daughter was bitten by a scorpion this past weekend. She had extreme pain, was disoriented, vomiting, fainted twice, and bite her tongue. After the fact she thought she may have had a seizure. Next time she will head to the ER. Living in central Texas scorpions are all over their property.

Comment from: Gbigbi, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

l was washing my clothes when l was stung by brown scorpion. The sting site was at my left finger. Within few seconds pain radiates to all over my hand. I call my wife immediately. She came out and drove me to the hospital where the doctor administered plain lidocaine injection to around the stung site to block the pain receptors.

Published: September 07

Arizona poison control was extremely helpful. There's a lot of misinformation on the web. I would suggest calling your local poison control first. Don't put baking soda on the scorpion sting. At best it won't do anything or it could cause the pain to worsen, which happened in our case.

Comment from: janggo, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 07

I have been stung by a scorpion about 3 inches long and its color is black...what I did is I rushed to the hospital and told that I’ve been stung by a scorpion and they have given me maybe an anti-venin and after 1 day the numbness that I feel is gone.

Comment from: mikeinaz, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 05

I was stung at work last night on the thumb here in Arizona, and ended up in the ER two hours later with blurred eye sight, and numbing pain all the way up my arm. I could barely walk to the bathroom. They gave me Valium and Percocet for pain, but no anti venom. They said if I was a kid I would have gotten it for sure. It was a bad experience, and I am now at home resting. if you see one of those little suckers definitely kill it. :)

Comment from: scorpionlady, Published: June 12

I just got stung a few hours ago. I live in Arizona, and my house is next to acres of desert. Take a black light around our yard any given night, and you will find anywhere between 20-30 scorpions. All I did was take some ibuprofen (for pain) and Benadryl (to prevent an allergic reaction. Just remember to be careful, monitor yourself, and make sure to get emergency care if things get too bad.

Comment from: richblufft, Male (Patient) Published: May 11

I was stung repeatedly, more than a dozen times in one instance, by scorpions in Vietnam during the war. The stings were on my ankles and knees. The pain was excruciating. I was given industrial strength Darvon and Benadryl, and that helped.

Comment from: stef, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I live in northeast Texas. I have been stung twice by a scorpion. The first time just extreme pain and the area was very sensitive to touch and a little dizziness. This lasted for about eight hours. This past time the sting was on my foot. I still had the extreme pain, but this time I had developed a thick tongue and a metallic taste in my mouth. From the research I have been able to find this is an allergic reaction and each time can get worse.

Comment from: Boi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I have just been bitten by a light brown scorpion, less than thirty minutes ago! I'm in Shoshong, Central District, Botswana. It bit me on the thigh, ring and middle fingers! The thigh n middle finger r just itchy but the ring finger is on fire! It is stiff with extreme pain n has started perspiring around the stung area! I called my nurse friend n she advised that I take promethazine which I did hoping that the pain will subside. I'm also using an ice pack to stop the swelling. I've always loved scorpions because I'm a Scorpio but right now, I'm so not sure!

Comment from: Patrick, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 15

A baking soda paste will pull the venom out if applied to the affected area.

Comment from: T Wood, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

We live in Central Texas in areas with lots of scorpions. My wife, daughter and I have all been stung multiple times. Though it is very painful, Benadryl Gel quickly diminishes the pain and slight swelling. None of us have allergic reactions, thankfully. My wife was stung multiple times in the garden by baby scorpions and that was pretty painful, but had no long term adverse effects. I hate scorpions!

Comment from: susan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I was stung, on the pad of my ring finger, by a Bahamian scorpion. I ran inside, scrubbed my finger, in a sink of dish water with bleach, with a microfiber cloth. This was the first thing I found. I applied hydrocortisone and had NO reaction other than the first painful sting.

Comment from: mz.savage, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

In Georgia, scorpion stings are no worse than a bee sting. (This is serious if you are allergic.) Being a Minnesota native I was not aware of this information until by chance I sat on one here in Georgia. The thing stung me multiple times on the back of the thigh and I thought I was a goner. Boy did it burn too! It felt like I touched a stove burner for far too long. When the paramedics arrived to my house they stated the above bee comparison and told me to avoid pain medications, as well as to apply heat to the area. Two hours later I was good as new.

Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: June 28

I live in Lago Vista, Texas and was stung in the arch of my foot by a yellow scorpion in the middle of the night when I got up and stepped on it in the kitchen. Not sure exactly what type it was I was too busy crying from the extremely intense pain. I did not know what to do so I put Neosporin on it - no help. Then I put ice on it and elevated it. The ice helped but I was still in severe pain for at least three or four hours and then moderate pain for most of the next day. No visible sign of the sting at all.

Comment from: me, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 31

I was stung by a light brown two-inch scorpion.

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