Wild parsnip causes burns

Summer is here and people are outside enjoying the weather unfortunately some plants may cause individuals severe burns should they come in contact with the plant. People can usually identify poison ivy but few know what wild parsnip looks like let alone the pain it will cause for months.

Wild parsnip has yellow flowers and looks similar to Queen Anne lace which has lacy white flowers. Wild parsnip has more fern like thicker leaves than Queen Anne’s Lace.

The burns this plant can cause are very painful. Huge blisters can also form. The rash and blisters can last for months. Dogs and other animals can also be affected. When sap contacts skin in the presence of sunlight, it can cause severe rashes, blisters, and discoloration of the skin (phytophotodermatitis).


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