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When should I call a doctor about scorpion sting?

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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.

SOURCES:

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service: "Scorpions."

Texas A&M System AgriLife Extension: "Scorpions."

University of Oklahoma Police Department: "Oklahoma’s Perilous Partners."

USDA Forest Service: "Wildlife Safety in the South."

National Park Service: Bark ScorpionOklahoma Cooperative Extension Service: "Scorpions."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service: "Scorpions."

Texas A&M System AgriLife Extension: "Scorpions."

University of Oklahoma Police Department: "Oklahoma’s Perilous Partners."

USDA Forest Service: "Wildlife Safety in the South."

National Park Service: Bark ScorpionOklahoma Cooperative Extension Service: "Scorpions."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

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