Scorpion stings


Although about 2,000 species of scorpions exist, only about 25-40 species can deliver enough venom to cause serious or lethal damage to humans. In most scorpion stings of adults, treatment is simply supportive and can be done at home.

Severe symptoms include:

Widespread numbnessDifficulty swallowing
A thick tongue
Blurred vision
Roving eye movements
Difficulty breathing


These symptoms constitute a medical emergency.

1 Call 9-1-1 to activate EMS.

2 Continuously apply ice to the sting area.

3 If there is no danger to other people, carefully collecting a dead or injured scorpion into a sealed container to show to the physician may be helpful.


Source: HSA

Disclaimer: The Emergency Guide is provided as a reference only.  Every effort has been taken to acquire and publish accurate information provided by medical authorities.  In case of emergency, always call or have someone CALL 9-1-1.