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Scorpion Sting Treatment

Wash the sting with soap and water and remove all jewelry because swelling of tissue may impede the circulation if it not allowed to expand Apply cool compresses, usually 10 minutes on and ten minutes off of the site of the sting.

Acetaminophen 1-2 tablets every 4 hours may be given to relieve pain (usually not to exceed 3g per 24 hours). Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen(AdvilMotrin) because they may contribute to other problems.

Antibiotics are not helpful unless the sting area become secondarily infected.

Do not cut or apply suction.

If a child is 5 years or younger is stung, seek evaluation by a medical caregiver.

If symptoms increase in severity, go to an Emergency Department.