Bitten by a Scorpion Itching
General home treatment measures for itching due to a scorpion sting include:
- Cleanse itching skin with soap and water to remove any remaining venom.
- Massage the bite areas with an ice cube or cold compress.
- Take a cool bath or shower to reduce itching. Consider using oatmeal (Aveeno).
Medications for itching include:
- An oral antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl):
- For children (1 to 6 years) give 6.25-12.5 mg of Benadryl every four to six hours
- For children (6-12 years) give 12.5-25 mg of diphenhydramine every four to six hours
- Adults may take 25 to 50 mg of diphenhydramine every four to six hours as needed
- Anti-itching cream such as:
- Benadryl Itch Stopping Cream
- A steroid cream such as a 0.5 to 1% hydrocortisone cream or ointment such as:
- Domeboro Astringent is used as a wet compress on itching skin.
- Prescribed oral antihistamines or steroids should be taken as directed.
Oral antihistamines can be sedating. Use with caution and do not mix with alcohol or other sedatives. Follow directions on product packaging.
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