Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
If a scorpion stings you or your child, follow the suggestions below. Healthy adults may not need further treatment, and these tips can help keep children safe until they see a doctor:
- Wash the wound with soap and water.
- Apply cold compresses to the affected area to ease the pain and slow the venom's spread. This is most effective in the first two hours after a sting occurs.
- Try to stay calm and quiet so that the poison spreads more slowly.
- Don't consume food or liquids — stings can cause throat swelling and difficulty swallowing.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil, Motrin, others), can help ease discomfort. But avoid using narcotic pain medications, which can suppress breathing.
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