There are 36 species of scorpions in Arizona. All species can sting, causing some immediate pain, with little or no local swelling or redness. Only one species of scorpions will cause further medical problems: the Bark Scorpion.
If you have been stung by a scorpion, please call Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
- The Bark Scorpion is one of the smaller species of scorpions.
- The color may vary from light tan to a darker brown, depending upon the environment in which it lives.
- It is usually between one half and one inch in length.
- It lives both outside in wood piles, palm trees, and decorative bark and inside homes or any place dark and cool.
- The Bark Scorpion is a climber. It can climb walls and walk across ceilings in your home. It clings to the underside of pieces of bark or wood when you pick them up.
- The symptoms you experience are the best indicator other than the bark scorpion sting itself.
- Immediate local pain
- Hypersensitivity to touch at the site of the sting
- Numbness and tingling - moving to parts of the body distant from the sting
- Visual disturbances and/or uncoordinated eye movements
- Difficulty swallowing and "swollen tongue" sensation with excessive drooling
- Slurred speech
- Young children may constantly rub their nose and face. This may indicate facial numbness and tingling.
- Muscle twitching
- Restlessness and irritability
- Children may appear "hyperactive" with rapid uncontrolled body movements.
These symptoms usually occur in the first 2-3 hours. Children under 10 years are more likely to develop severe symptoms. Not all of these signs and symptoms, listed in order of severity, will occur in every person stung.