For lots of people, allergy treatment is reactive. You get stuffed up, your eyes water, and then you go to the medicine cabinet for relief. But many doctors say that we’ve got it the wrong way around. Instead, we should be taking the medicine before we have symptoms. Call it allergy pretreatment.
“We always tell people to start taking medicine before the allergy season begins,” says Jonathan A. Bernstein MD, an allergist and professor of clinical medicine at the University of Cincinnati. “People...
It might be a different story if you live in the U.S. Southwest. The bark scorpion, which is common in this area, has venom that causes symptoms like fast breaths, high blood pressure, a racing heart, weakness, and muscle twitches. They’re light tan with a little darker back, about 2-3 inches long, and if you have a UV light, they may glow in the dark.
If you think one has stung you, call your doctor or go to the emergency room. If you can, bring the scorpion with you. Drop it into scalding water to kill it first. Then put the body in a storage bag or lidded box.
To avoid stings:
Wear shoes, particularly at night.
Put on gloves when you work in the yard, lift rocks and logs, or collect firewood.