For those who are planning to go outdoors in Iowa, authorities issued a warning of the wild parsnip plants that are sprouting across the state. Be warned.
Just like the feared poison ivy, wild parsnip has some damaging effects once it gets in contact with the skin. It may initially look like a harmless plant, but it can be extremely dangerous, Fox 6 Now News reported.
Several incidents of people who burned their skins upon accidentally coming into contact with the plant across Iowa have been reported over the past weeks. One of them was Wendy Pursha, who landed in the emergency room when she touched the seemingly harmless shrub.
The unsuspecting Pusha was cleaning the shrubs in her garden. The next thing she knows, her skin reacted to the plant fast. It only took several hours before her condition gotten worse. Aside from the burning feeling, part of her elbow also blistered.
“And I just got down here and I was digging them up and getting down to the roots. It’s a constant burning, it just bubbled up overnight. The oils sit on your skin. It’s a constant burning and it eats away your skin,” Prusha was quoted as saying by Fox 6 Now News.
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, wild parsnip, which can grow up to 6 feet, contains a juice that reacts violently when exposed to sunlight upon coming in contact with the skin. Some of the notable effects include the burning sensation, blistering, rashes, and skin discoloration.
Among the recommended method to control the symptoms caused by the parsnip include glyphosate or selective metsulfuron. Spot application is recommended for immediate relief from the burning sensation and to address the blistering.
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