While many scorpion stings are pretty harmless in our country, there are some types of scorpions, such as the bark scorpion, that contain toxic venom. In children, the effects can be life-threatening in some cases. In cases such as this, an anti-venom may need to be administered.
Mild symptoms from a scorpion sting can be:
- Pain from the sting
- Numbness from the toxin of the sting
- Swelling around the area of the sting
According to the Mayo Clinic, more severe symptoms that require medical attention may be:
- Muscle twitching or thrashing
- Unusual head, neck and eye movements
- Drastic change in blood pressure (high or low)
- Accelerated heart rate
- Excessive excitability, such as inconsolable crying in children.
Here are 9 natural remedies to treat a scorpion sting
Place an ice pack on the site of the sting to reduce any swelling.
Make a calendula salve by adding 5 drops of calendula tincture to about 1/2 cup of coconut oil and mix. Then apply the ointment on the site of the sting.
Add a drop of frankincense essential oil. Frankincense oil is used by many cultures around the world to treat poisonous insect and snake bites.
Add a paste of baking soda and water to a nonpoisonous scorpion sting to help draw out the venom.
Papaya or Mango
Use papaya extract or mango leaves, both of which break down the proteins in the scorpion venom naturally.
Use meat tenderizer to help break down the proteins in the venom.
Use other essential oils you may have on hand, which are good for general insect stings and bites: basil, lavender, peppermint, rosemary or eucalyptus. Just add a drop or two to soothe the area.
Use a garlic paste over the affected area to relieve symptoms and heal. You make it by mashing up whole cloves of fresh garlic, or even grinding them in a small food processor.
Make a paste of clay and water and then apply it to the site of the scorpion sting. You can use what ever you have on hand.
If your symptoms of a scorpion sting reflect those listed by the Mayo clinic (above), then you need to seek medical attention. Or, if your symptoms persist and the pain does not subside, consult with your family physician.