Scorpions make return to Valley, steps to follow if stung

PHOENIX - As temperatures continue to rise, Valley residents are starting to see the return of a pesky desert pest -- the scorpion.

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So what do you do if you or someone in your house gets stung?

Preparation is critical, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Actions to take when stung include cleaning the affected area with soap and water, applying cold compresses to slow the spread of the scorpion’s venom, raising the affected limb to the level of your heart and avoiding consumption of food or liquids if victims are having difficulty swallowing, Mayo Clinic said.

Because stings are infamous for being extremely painful, over the counter pain relievers can also help ease victims' discomfort.

See Mayo Clinic's list of remedies.

How much? Anti-venom can cost thousands

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