Scorpions belong to arachnids and can kill the prey with their string, which is located at the end of its tail. When you’re hit with string, venom passes to your body causing allergic reaction that may range from mild to severe. Symptoms of scorpion allergy include pain, numbness and burning sensation. Severe symptoms include blurred vision, difficulty in breathing and spreading of numbness.
Venom injected in your body through sting is of low toxicity. It has caused only few human deaths. However the tingling sensation and inflammation can’t be overlooked. If ignored, scorpion allergy can lead to anaphylaxis condition. Symptoms of this allergy are identical to honeybee sting. Some of the common signs are as follows:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Burning sensation
You must reach physician as soon as you experience these signs. Experts conclude that allergy is triggered due to reaction between antibodies and venom. You may not experience it when you come in contact for the first time. In initial contact antibodies are produced, which triggers allergy when you’re exposed to venom subsequently.
However, few people may experience symptoms with first bite of scorpion sting, because of identical external substances residing in their body. This is commonly known as cross reactivity. For instance venom of imported fire ant and scorpion has identical properties.
Treatment for mild allergic symptoms of scorpion is identical to that of insect bites. Use of antihistamines and corticosteroids can reduce the symptom.
Consult your doctor for more information on scorpion allergy