Warning: Do Not Touch This Plant! It Will Burn Your Skin and You Will Lose Your Sight!

     Giant hogweed is considered to be a very dangerous plant. It contains photo-sensitizing furanocoumarins, contacts human skin in conjunction with sunlight, it can cause phytophotodermatitis - a serious skin inflammation. This toxic plant can also irritates the eye and might lead to blindness.

     When the chemical substance contacts with the human skin, it can cause a skin reaction that is very extremely sensitive to sun light.

Symptoms of exposure to giant hogweed sap:

     - Painful blisters that form within 48 hours and become dark and pigmented.
     - Long-term sensitivity to sunlight
     - Blindness may occur if the sap gets into your eyes.
     - Scars that last for a few months or up to six years.
What should you do if you are exposed to giant hogweed sap:

     - Wash the affected are thoroughly with soap and cold water as soon as possible.
     - If the sap went to your eyes, rinse them with water and wear sunglasses.
     - Avoid exposing yourself from sunlight for 48 hours.
     - Go to the hospital near you.


Source: Nation

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