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Scorpion stings are typically minor but can be very serious. This is especially true if the sting is from a bark scorpion, the only scorpion in the United States that can kill an adult with its sting. Bark scorpions live in the American Southwest, especially in Southern California, Southern Arizona, and Western New Mexico. In most cases, scorpion stings cause pain but only relatively minor symptoms and require only minor first aid. In other cases, however, scorpion stings cause severe symptoms and require immediately getting the person to emergency medical assistance. The best thing to do is to avoid being stung by a scorpion. You can reduce the chances of being stung by wearing appropriate clothing and PPE, knowing where scorpions tend to live, and being alert and watchful.