There are 16 species and subspecies of scorpions in Panama. Of these 16 species none have a deadly venomous sting. However, their stings can still be painful, worrying and life threatening to some. Infants and those already frail in health can be affected far worse by a scorpion’s sting, and they are likely to need hospitalization if stung. Generally a person in good health should recover without a visit to the hospital - with some acceptions (when in doubt check it out).
What to do if you’ve been stung:
A.k.a get to the hospital if you experience any of these symptoms...
- Muscle spasms.
- Racing pulse or heartbeat.
- Dizziness or disorientation.
- Anaphylactic shock.
*If an infant or elderly person gets stung, get them to the hospital.
Get rid of all scorpion habitats …
- Remove their homes include: Stones, bricks, logs, wood piles etc.
- Keep short grass, so they can’t hide amongst it.
- Keep garbage off the ground.
- Seal all doors and windows with weather strips.
- Plug all holes and cracks on exterior walls with caulking.
Be aware they are there…
- Check your shoes, bags, luggage etc.
- Scorpions glow under ultraviolet light. You can hunt them down with a UV light.
- Boric acid will kill scorpions like it does cockroaches.
- A damp burlap bag will attract scorpions.
A personal note: A friend of a friend was stung a few weeks ago and the major symptom she experienced was numbness. The numbness traveled from the sting site (arm) to her upper body and face, which lead to a hospital visit. Her symptoms subsided within three days, and she regained full use of her arm.
Stings can affect people differently; it also depends on what species has stung you, and where you were stung. It is important to not panic, if you are alone... tell someone you have been stung - it's possible you might not be able to make some important decisions on your own.