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Is Tingling In Lips And Tongue After A Scorpion Bite A Concern?

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Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2016
Question: I stepped on and got bit by what I think was a bark scorpion last night . I still have tingling in my lips and tongue after taking Benadryl. I am 62. Cause for concern? My breathing is fine and no other symptoms except pain at sting site. I have an EpiPen here at home (live 30 miles from a town.)
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Answered by Dr. V. N. S. Parinam (42 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Observe for 24 hours after bite

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

If the duration is over 2 hours and still you have no lifethreatening symptoms, I think you should stop worrying. When I mean life threatening, please see the ER or use the EpiPen you have if you have Dizziness, Heart beating really fast, a tingling or funny taste in your mouth, having an anxiety or impending doom. Ofcourse the obvious ones are fainting, trouble breathing, swelling face tongue which will anyways alert you.

I think at this time, keep your EpiPen ready but do not use it. You just put ice over the bite site and keep the leg elevated. You may also rub a paste of aspirin unless allergic to it.
Observe for 24 hours after bite, while keeping XXXXXXX (to ring 911) and EpiPen in your pocket.

Thank you for posting the query here.
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Is Tingling In Lips And Tongue After A Scorpion Bite A Concern?

Brief Answer: Observe for 24 hours after bite Detailed Answer: Hi, If the duration is over 2 hours and still you have no lifethreatening symptoms, I think you should stop worrying. When I mean life threatening, please see the ER or use the EpiPen you have if you have Dizziness, Heart beating really fast, a tingling or funny taste in your mouth, having an anxiety or impending doom. Ofcourse the obvious ones are fainting, trouble breathing, swelling face tongue which will anyways alert you. I think at this time, keep your EpiPen ready but do not use it. You just put ice over the bite site and keep the leg elevated. You may also rub a paste of aspirin unless allergic to it. Observe for 24 hours after bite, while keeping XXXXXXX (to ring 911) and EpiPen in your pocket. Thank you for posting the query here.