What to do After a Scorpion Bite
I have never had a person close to me get bitten by a scorpion until some days ago. Mumsi and I were clearing a portion of my brother's room and 'yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee' she shouted. It was a small 'insect' and so we killed it assuming that it was one of those pain inflicting demons. On second thought, I took a closer look because the pain mumsi felt was lingering and weird. She is the type that conceals so much of pain - especially physical pain. You should have seen the look on my face when she was going into delivery. Like, please tell me you are going to give birth. Like, this is a joke, right?
You know something about these scorpions, sorry, tiny idiots? They inflict so much of pain. I mean, terrible, excruciating pain. So I thought to share with you what to do immediately after a scorpion bite.
Out of the 1,500 known scorpion species only 25 of them produce very harmful venom. Any scorpion sting that has the capacity to cause an allergic reaction is supposed to be treated. Even if you know how to identify the dangerous species, it's necessary to treat the wound and go to the clinic if there are other serious symptoms asides from the pains. Other symptoms of serious scorpion bites are serious swelling, muscle spasms, dizziness and vomiting.
Try to secure the scorpion
Your first instinct is to kill it and heck yeah, go all ahead! Make sure it doesn't get out of your reach because it can harm another unsuspecting family member or neighbour.
Calm the victim down
This is one very important step as scorpion bites are usually dreaded. Many of us out of ignorance begin to ingest so many things and apply everything we can find out of panic. We have learned that scorpion bites are not always deadly. This knowledge should allow for calm and right decisions.
Reduce movement as much as possible
Let the victim have restricted movement to avoid the venom spreading around. It's best to keep the leg down on the floor if that's where the bite occurs.
Wash with soap and water
To avoid infection, clean the sting area with soap and water.
Apply ice to the sting area
Put an ice pack or ice on the sting area. It helps to soothe the pain and decrease the rate at which the venom from the scorpion bite spreads.
Take pain killers
Lastly, check in with a doctor
If you can get to the clinic, it's necessary to go make the complaint. They will most likely give you pain killers and antidote as injection.
Have you ever been stung by a scorpion before? How did you handle it?