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- Immediately take benadryl 40-60 mg if you're an adult. About 3 hours later, Take charcol to absorb venom. Consult a doctor if you're not sure or have signs symptoms of shortness of breath, throat tightness, drooling or dizziness.
- —Guest Jane
- I used to live in Surprise, AZ and would see the "occasional" Scorpion on my block walls or dead in the pool. Creepy, but okay. I mean, it IS the desert. Then, I was stung from one coming up through my shower drain (and yes, I had pesticide control). Talk about severe pain! I immediately ran to the freezer to ice/numb it and called Banner Health. They're really good about calling you every hour until you're out of the danger zone. Also, the first thing that I was asked was if my tetanus shot was up to date. Keep that in mind! After that, I got a black light and hunted them at night. In less than 3 mos, I killed 178 of them outside (kept a log). Turning on my shower after that; I'd see lil arms waving from the drain. I started taking showers in the hall bath / shower with the drain closed and put my house on the market. Upon packing, they were in my dressers. How they got there, I don't know. Anyone who lives in AZ or considering it, update your tetanus shot(s).
- —Guest Joanne
12 hours later, and still pain!
- About 1pm today I decided to fold some clothes. I had a pile of clean clothes sitting in the laundry room from yesterday that I didn't get to. I dumped them on my bed without thinking and then sat down beside them. I was just sitting there, and I felt a sharp pain on the top of my foot. I thought a thumbtack got pushed into my foot. I jumped up from the bed to see the little bastard trying to get away. (he looked to me an adolecent, judging bu the size) Luckily, my husband was there, and he got a shoe and killed it. Immediately, I felt a burning and tingling sensation. The majority of the pain went away with only mild burning after about 3 hours. Now 12 hours later, it's starting to smart so bad! About to take some Tylenol and follow other's advice and use an ice pack! Ps. I'm from a remote area in northern Texas. Not EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas
- —Guest Taylor
- We live north of Tucson in a new home, a builder's model, about 5 years old. We have had 25 scorpions in our home in the past two years, and I have a regular exterminator. Honestly, it freaks me and my wife out. If I have the chance, I will move the family back to NY, even though AZ is economically cheaper. Sorpions are not worth the stress of living here.
- —Guest john
- I woke up to something crawling on my leg, it felt like a spider. I moved my leg and when I laid it back down I felt a stinging senstion, I jumped out of bed and turned the lights on and seen a bark scorpion crawl out of the blankets. I immediately panicked because I'm in my first trimester in pregnancy at just 5 weeks. I rushed to the hospital and luckily there was minimal venom injected into my leg. The tingling/burning and aching is only in the general area of the sting. The doc says me and the baby should be fine. I hate scorpions!
- —Guest Tina
Arizona Bark Sting
- While checking a lower door seal for damage, I managed to put my index finger right on the scorpions stinger. I received 2 stings right to the tip of my finger. Within 60 seconds my finger was tingling. I caught the guy, put ice on my finger and called Banner Poison Control. Within 1 hour the tingling ran up through my hand. By 2 hours it was half way up my forearm. By 4 and a half hours it was half way through my bicep. There it stopped. While the sensation was quite extreme, I cannot say it was really painful. Just super sensative to touch or motion. I had no redness or swelling anywhere. By the next day I was almost back to normal, with just a slight tingling at the finger tip. I took video of the critter with a microcam. A week later I figured the little guy hadn't killed me so I took him out to the desert and let him go. Good Karma!
- —Guest Cliff
- We lived in an apartment complex in Scottsdale that was infested with scorpions. I was bitten once on the foot (outside) and once inside the apartment on my side. Just felt sick for about a day. I still cannot stand them as it was actually in the bed with me. Ugh!
- —Guest Traci
i got stung
- Hi I'm olga and I have goten stung twice by arizona scorpions. I live in the Mining town of Morenci, Arizona and here we have scorpions EVERYWHERE ! I got stung on my pinky yesterday after a scorpion fell out of my air vent onto my hand while sitting up on my bed. Best remedy is to put fresh garlic (premade) . But two days later my pinky is still numb. I felt sharp pains and tingley feelings for about four hours after the incounter . Good luck !!
- —Guest olga
- We use to live in the Tucson area and our house must have invaded a nest of scorpions, because we were each stung 4 & 6 times. It was like a bad wasp sting lasting a couple hours and relieved by ice packs. Now we live in th hills north of Sun City and we have lots of #*&$&@ Bark Scorpions. I was stung on the upper thigh getting into bed 4 times before I could get up and out. It was horrible. The severe pain lasted about 20 hours ice certainly helped and god forbid when I had to take it off to refill. It felt as though someone had set worms of hot coals under my skin, wiggling, hot and painful. After 20 hour it was barible and after 36 hour the pain was gone, but the numbness stayed for about two weeks. A month later I stepped on one. I hate these things. One sting was not as bad as four but it was still no walk in the park.
- —Guest Samme
Pregnant and stung
- Im 8 months pregnant and after weeks of hunting and killing, I was stung twice by a bark scorpion while getting my prenatal vitamin tonight. At first it felt like I had stepped on a burning cigarette (impossible in our household, but did so as a child) and then immediately followed by intense pain and stinging. Experienced contractions within about 10 minutes, so rushed to our local ER. The pain was one of the most intense pains I have felt, and my entire leg swelled, as well as my throat and tongue. Unfortunately the antivenom is category D (not safe this late in pregnancy), as well as the typical pain medicine, so just a shot of Benadryl and Tylenol is allowed. Going on 8 hours and my leg is still swollen and goes between throbbing from my toes to my upper inner thigh to shooting pains. Be careful while pregnant here in AZ!
- —Guest Pregnant in Phoenix
Pregnant and stung multiple times
- Just my experience: in my home, a mama AZ bark scorpion with babies on her back fell on me from the ceiling. I was stung multiple times by the babies (babies don't know how to control their venom), so I ended up with quite a lot of venom. I was 25 weeks pregnant, so went to the hospital. I had severe symptoms. Muscle spasms, eye-roving, head to toe tingling numbness. By the third hour, I started having contractions every 2 minutes and started becoming hysterical because I thought we were going to lose the baby. They wanted to give me morphine... But being pregnant I refused. They finally has to sedate me and it helped to slow the contractions which finally stopped on their own by hour 7 when other symptoms subsided. My sting sites remained numb to the touch for over 2 months. It was a terrifying situation. 3 weeks later I was stung again on the foot, and only had tingling/numbness up to the knee. Everything was gone the next day. Very different situations.
- —Guest Holly
Just got stung
- I was sitting on my couch gaming on my pad noticed I was getting low battery I lean forward to pick up plug when I felt this sting on my arm then out of the corner of my left I see the scorpion crawling on couch I jump got the scorpion spray and killed that sucker. My arm is hurting and its traveling up to my neck area.
- —Guest Anita
Stung 5 times D:
- I was taking a nap on my couch and I woke up to what I thought was something sharp in my couch. After "poking" one of my feet I sleepily reached the other to find what I thought would be a cactus needle. I was stung in that foot as well. I didn't bother to look for the "cactus needle" yet, but maybe half an hour later I was explaining the weird tingling in my feet to my sister when the scorpion was suddenly in my lap, he stabbed me in the arm, and I flung him away and he regained his balance and ran at my again! I thought I was stung once in each foot and once in the arm, but after 24 hours the swelling went down enough to see there was definitely 3 stings in my left foot. Its been about 60 hours and my left foot is still swelling and painful, but my arm and other foot are good as new besides a little circle on each that feels like I had teeny tiny amount of Novocaine injected in me. Watch out for bark scorpions, they're brutal, masochistic and looking for blood shed.
- —Guest Amber
Stung on foot
- Had to leave for the airport in 10 minutes and was stung on the outside of my left foot just below the little toe. I yelped and jumped, didn't see anything, but knew immediately that a scorpion had stung me. There was nothing I could do, so I took 3 Ibuprofen (that's all I had) and headed for the airport. Immediate pain in the foot from the sting and then painful numbness and tingling that progressed up to the ankle. Since we were traveling, I wasn't able to do anything for it til 6 hours later. Took a Tylenol & Benedryl and was able to walk on it, though it was uncomfortable & painful. It felt like extreme pins & needles, intensified every time I bumped the foot, and was numb in the area of the sting. It gradually receded and was finally gone by the next day at 2:30 p.m. (32 hours, not fun!) Wish I could have iced & elevated the foot, but it wasn't an option. By the way, we did find the bark scorpion before we left for the airport. Crushed it with kitchen tongs and flushed it.
- I was stung by a bark scorpion about an hour ago. The little guy was in a cardboard box that I picked up and stung me on my ring finger, between the 1st and 2nd joint. Quite painful but less than the 1st time I was stung by one. My hand and wrist are tingling now and it's painful to touch any of that area. Like pinpricks. I'm not able to straighten my finger and it's now starting to spasm, bending until the tip is touching my palm. Interesting. I moved the little guy over to a brush pile .
- —Guest Sandee Childs