Spider, scorpion, what was it?

by northbay @, Saturday, December 02, 2017, 09:55 (11 days ago)

Yesterday after dark, something on the hotel handrail stung my wife on the finger. Pain was almost unbearable, but with ice she was able to get to sleep. Took two Benadryl. This morning the pain is gone, but the finger is totally numb. Hand is tingly. Looks like two or three punctures. Any ideas about a likely culprit?

Spider, scorpion, what was it?

by Susanopera, Saturday, December 02, 2017, 10:10 (11 days ago) @ northbay

What color was the thing that stung her?
Little, light brown in color are most bothersome, but, not usually poisoness.
Soreness, stiffness might last five days to a week.

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Spider, scorpion, what was it?

by moonbird1 @, Saturday, December 02, 2017, 10:10 (11 days ago) @ northbay

Could be a scorpion. You do get numbness that lasts quite a while with those stings. Could be many other insects too though. Did she see what it looked like?

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by northbay @, Saturday, December 02, 2017, 10:53 (11 days ago) @ northbay

No we did not see it. It was outdoors and dark.

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by victorio, Saturday, December 02, 2017, 11:13 (11 days ago) @ northbay

Hola
I was stung/bitten by something that I didn't see or feel three weeks ago. Don't have a clue what is was or where I got it. I also had two puncture wounds on the end of my elbow. My elbow swelled up to the size of a baseball. The doctor drained it twice, about 30mls (an ounce) each time. After two weeks of pills it was gone. Still don't have a clue what it was.

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by dhunsber @, ¡Dondequiera que voy, estoy aquí!, Friday, December 08, 2017, 10:02 (5 days ago) @ victorio

Hola
I was stung/bitten by something that I didn't see or feel three weeks ago. Don't have a clue what is was or where I got it. I also had two puncture wounds on the end of my elbow. My elbow swelled up to the size of a baseball. The doctor drained it twice, about 30mls (an ounce) each time. After two weeks of pills it was gone. Still don't have a clue what it was.

That definitely sounds like a spider bite -the two punctures is the giveaway on spider bites. Some of the more dangerous spiders, such as brown recluse, do not cause pain when they bite, and the effects sometimes take several days to manifest.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, December 02, 2017, 11:46 (11 days ago) @ northbay

Yesterday after dark, something on the hotel handrail stung my wife on the finger. Pain was almost unbearable, but with ice she was able to get to sleep. Took two Benadryl. This morning the pain is gone, but the finger is totally numb. Hand is tingly. Looks like two or three punctures. Any ideas about a likely culprit?

Sounds like a scorpion bite. I lost the feeling in a finger for 3 months when I was 16 and a local scorpion got me.

She should be fine. Some skin might slough off and she might lose the fingernail. Other than that, it'll make a great story for your wide-eyed grandkids. ;)

If you live surrounded by bush (woods) then you need to be vigilant for scorpions. Always shake out shoes, clothing, towels, and bedding. With handrails there's not a lot you can do if you can't see what you're touching.

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by DaveT, Saturday, December 02, 2017, 12:52 (11 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Scorpions do not bite they sting. If multiple punctures unevenly spaced then just about 100% sure it's a scorpion.

Lots of ice initially and keep the body part elevated if at all possible. Numbness can last at times up to 6 months. If within 1 hour of sting, respiratory distress, blurred vision or lightheadedness and disorientation, seek medical help and possible anti-venoms.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, December 02, 2017, 13:26 (11 days ago) @ DaveT

Scorpions do not bite they sting. If multiple punctures unevenly spaced then just about 100% sure it's a scorpion.

Lots of ice initially and keep the body part elevated if at all possible. Numbness can last at times up to 6 months. If within 1 hour of sting, respiratory distress, blurred vision or lightheadedness and disorientation, seek medical help and possible anti-venoms.

Please excuse my imprecise terminology, Dave. Of course I know a scorpion STINGS. I've been stung by them probably more times than anyone else commenting here.

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by Sandy feet @, Saturday, December 02, 2017, 13:38 (11 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Good idea to keep luggage zipped up, also.

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by northbay @, Saturday, December 02, 2017, 18:30 (11 days ago) @ northbay

Thanks for the feedback. Yes consensus is it was a scorpion. We now know never to touch what you can't see. And yes our luggage is zipped!

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by cindyratt, Sunday, December 03, 2017, 14:15 (10 days ago) @ northbay

Sounds exactly like a scorpion bite to me. Ice was the right thing to do. It took WEEKS for my numbness and tingling to go away, so don't get too worried.

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by Biodude, Sunday, December 03, 2017, 14:47 (10 days ago) @ cindyratt

If anyone is especially sensitive or fearful of scorpions, buy a black light flashlight. Scorpions glow when exposed to black light. Also, pet urine, bedbugs, tomato horn worms so you can catch them on your tomato plants. Easy to find on-line.