Scorpion Stings: Prevention, Treatment, and Anti-Venom

In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration approved “Anascorp,” the first treatment for scorpion stings. This anti-venom is made out of horse plasma, and had been developed and used in Mexico. Studies have shown that scorpion sting symptoms disappear within a few hours after administration. It must be noted that Anascorp may cause early or delayed allergic reactions in people sensitive to horse proteins. The most common side effects of Anascorp were vomiting, fever, rash, nausea, itchiness, headache, runny nose, and muscle pain.

Scorpion Anti-Venom is Expensive

Anascorp is expensive. Insurance companies may not cover this prescription. Some people have paid $5,000 or more for one vial. But this should not deter you from seeking treatment at the hospital. "Anascorp saved my child's life," says Tony Gonzales, co-founder of Scorpion Repel. Scorpion stings are no joke and could cause serious pain or even death.

How to Avoid Bark Scorpion Stings

Despite the fact that you can't completely avoid bark scorpions, you can reduce your chance of coming into contact with one - and their stings - by identifying their favorite spots in your home and monitoring them proactively.

To avoid being stung by a scorpion, follow these steps:

  • Bark scorpions will not like your home if you make it uninviting. You shouldn't allow standing water on your property or leaky faucets. Keep pet dishes out of sight when not in use - and don't forget to clean up any outside debris!

  • Always check your shoes and clothes before you wear them. If you leave them on the ground, bark scorpions can hide in your clothes. Before putting your shoes on, shake them to ensure that no bark scorpions snuck into them while you weren't looking.

  • Make sure your bed is always clean. Bark scorpions can conceal themselves within your sheets despite being fatigued. To reduce your risk of getting stung by a bark scorpion, pull back your comforter before hopping in.

  • Barefoot outside is never a good idea. If you go barefoot on a nice day, you might accidentally step on a bark scorpion. Avoid it at all costs!

How to Treat a Scorpion Sting

Here are some suggestions to follow if you or your child are stung by a scorpion. Children may not need further treatment if they are healthy, and these tips can keep them safe until they are seen by a doctor:

  • Wash the wound with mild soap and water.

  • Compress the wound with a cool compress. Pain may be reduced this way.

  • If you are having difficulty swallowing, avoid eating or drinking.

  • You might need to take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If you are experiencing discomfort, you might try ibuprofen (Motrin IB, Children's Motrin, etc.).

Make sure your child or you have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination.

Call Scorpion Repel to Prevent Scorpions From Entering Your Home

If you want to keep scorpions out of your home, you have to use Scorpion Repel. A toxic free and chemical free clear application is applied to the base of your home, and scorpions cannot attach themselves to the application so they cannot climb up into your home. It is a one-time application that lasts for years.