Taking the Bite out of a Scorpion Sting?

Bark Scorpion (centruroides exilicauda).  Photo credit:  Furryscaly

Bark Scorpion (centruroides exilicauda). Photo credit: Furryscaly

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that an anti-venom medication used in Mexico, but not approved for use in the United States, helps children recover quickly from the sting of a bark scorpion.  Children treated with traditional methods needed several painful hours to recover, while those treated with the anti-venom typically had symptoms relieved in two hours.  Researchers stated that use of the anti-venom could make ICU visits for the bite unncessary.  For the article in the New England Journal of Medicine, see here.

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