Scorpions don’t actually bite – they only sting. Many people use the word “bite” to describe a sting. When a scorpion stings, it releases venom that contains complex mixtures of short neurotoxic proteins. Beginning symptoms of a scorpion sting includes pain or burning at the sting site, numbness accompanied by periodic tingling sensations, minor swellings that are tender to the touch and severe muscle cramps.
Scorpion stings should not be taken lightly and should be inspected by a medical professional as soon as possible.
The most dreaded scorpion stings in the U.S. are those of the Arizona bark scorpion, known to be one of the most poisonous scorpions in North America. Symptoms of Arizona bark scorpion stings include numbness or tingling of the face and other extremities, blurry vision and muscle twitching. A victim may also show roving eye movements and exhibit hyperactivity.
Very few people die from scorpion stings, though. Most sensitive to the life-threatening symptoms of scorpion bites are the very young, the elderly and people who are ill. Domestic pets are also at risk.