How should I care for someone with a spider bite or scorpion sting?

If the person has been bitten by a venomous spider or stung by a scorpion:
  • Wash the wound thoroughly.
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment, if the person has no known allergies or sensitivities to the medication, to prevent infection.
  • Bandage the wound.
  • Apply an ice or cold pack to the site to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Encourage the person to seek medical attention. Children and older adults may need antivenin to block the effects of the spider’s venom.
  • If you transport the person to a medical facility, keep the bitten area elevated and as still as possible.

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