are surrounded by much myth and are generally considered more
dangerous animals than they usually are.
Statistics for scorpion stings and resulting deaths are difficult to come by for the same reason that many of these statistics are not readily available - third world data travels really slowly, if at all.
The method of injecting the venom, unlike snake bites which use teeth and are therefore bites, is through a barbed stinger on the end of the beast's tail. The claws do little except to give a nip from some species in much the same way as a crab nips people.
They are unable to sting what they are standing on if quite a flat surface, so you're reasonably safe if one has crawled onto your arm or leg.., until you try to pick it up!
- shake it out before putting it on, especially in the morning,
and if you're really lucky a spider will fall out as well.
Minor attack, local effect: Intense pain and swelling at the sting site, light muscle spasms, numbness, and tingling. The pain usually subsides within one hour and all symptoms disappear within 24 hours with no tissue damage.
Moderate attack, whole body effect: Intense pain including armpits and groin area. Breathing difficulties, agitation, high temperature, swelling and numbness of face and throat.
attack, body and central nervous system effect: Frothing at the
mouth, nausea, vomiting, fever, convulsions.
to keep calm and relax. The symptoms will be made worse by excitement
and anxiety. You're chances of dying are almost zero. It's really
not too bad (been there, done that!)
Hospital? Most victims who travel to hospital recover before they see a doctor, and even if they don't there is some disagreement among the medical fraternity about the use, efficacy and even safety of antivenoms.