Most scorpion stings don't need medical treatment. But if symptoms are severe, supportive care in a hospital is usually required. In addition to bed rest, this might include sedatives for muscle spasms and intravenous drugs to manage elevated blood pressure, agitation and pain.
A new antivenin (Anascorp) is widely available in Mexico, where the mortality rate from bark scorpion stings in high. It's used less in the United States because of the low mortality risk from bark scorpion stings. However, it's recommended that people with severe symptoms receive the antivenin.
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