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Posted by: Mike Greenall | 2012/03/19

Scorpion sting treatment

My friend was stung by a scorpion I was advised by a pharmasist to immerse the hand into petrol to draw the poison out of the wound. I did this and the injured person said it helped. Is this an accepted practice especially if outdoors with no access to dotors or ice?

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Mike

The scorpion toxin consists of short chain proteins. Immerging the hand in petrol will most probably break the proteins down, hence blocking the action of the toxin. A cold compress can also be applied and opiats and paracetemol can be given for the pain. Amoniac products can also be applied, as this should also break the proteins down.

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