Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Scorpion Stings 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:

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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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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