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Summer is known for going outside and enjoying the weather. At this time of year, wild plants are known to be sprouting up. Some are harder to recognize than others, and some can cause severe pain. There is an old plant that is attracting new attention called Wild Parsnip. Skin reactions to Wild Parsnip have been documented in the New England Journal of Medicine as far back as 1967. Not only is the sap of the plant toxic but when also combined with sun exposure, the rash can significantly worsen causing blistering and scarring. The sap can cause blindness if it gets into the eye.
Wild Parsnip is a new poison plant to look out for, but don’t forget about similar poisonous plants that are a little bit more common. Jennifer S. Kim, MD, Allergist at NorthShore, shares what you should do if in contact with these plants:
For Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac, symptoms and treatment are the same:
Do you know what poison ivy looks like?