Those might be the most common questions we have in our office from visitors to Sayulita upon their arrival. I was stung by a scorpion in December so that mostly explains it all and for sure it’s one of the worst pains I’ve ever experienced.
Ok, so let’s start with the basics:
- The smaller and yellow the scorpion is, the most harmful it is.
- They tend to hide in dark and small places, look under the sheets, inside your shoes, next to the garbage can, etc.
- The best way to avoid scorpions is to fumigate/spray the house/bedroom where you are.
- If you get stung, don’t panic! the first sting tends to be just a warning to stay away, no venom released. Although some times you might got the ones afterwards.
- Seek medical attention always. Specially if the person stung is a baby or elderly. Anaphylactic reaction and poisoning can occur within half an hour.
Signs and Symptoms that you might experience after the stung:
- “Tingling” and numbness in fingers, toes and lips
- Difficulty to breath or wheezing
- Cold-like symptoms such as fever, running nose, soar throat, etc. which might last 24-48 hrs.
- Pain management with ice and painkillers (Advil/Tylenol)
- Antihistamines for preventing anaphylactic reaction: “Avapena” 2 tablets orally or 1 injection IM would be my first option for adults. Benadryl syrup for kids 1 dose according to their weight/age.
- The name of the antidote in Mexico is “ALACRAMYN” administrated either IM injection or preferably IV. You can buy it directly in the pharmacy.
- In severe poisoning or anaphylactic reaction oxygen, IV fluids, IV hydrocortisone and adrenaline are needed.
Have you been stung by a scorpion? What’s your experience?
Let me share you some pictures of my own sting:
For more information on scorpions I recommend reading the Wikipedia Scorpion article