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Can poison ivy or sumac grow around trees as shrubs in school yards?

Can poison ivy or sumac grow around trees as shrubs in school yards?

Poison ivy: Greetings. Yes poison ivy and sumac can grow around trees and scrubs in school yards. These plants can grow anywhere. ...Read more

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Is freshly fertilized grass poisonous?

Is freshly fertilized grass poisonous?

No: Fertilization is done with nitrogen rich chemicals not strictly poisonous but obnoxious and potentially allergenic. Best not to play around until the fertilizer is absorbed by watering the lawn or until the next rainfall. ...Read more

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Which snake bite is most venomous? Coral snakes, rattlesnakes, copperheads, and the cottonmouth?

Which snake bite is most venomous? Coral snakes, rattlesnakes, copperheads, and the cottonmouth?

Rattlesnake: of those listed the rattlesnake is the most venomous, in the world it is the inland taipan snake ...Read more

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Is pine tar poisonous to ingest?

Is pine tar poisonous to ingest?

Yes: A very small amount accidentally ingested should not be a problem. For ingestion of more then a very tiny amount you should get to a doctor or emergency room asap. No one should ever ingest pine tar intentionally. ...Read more

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Accidentally ate some moldy beef jerky serious?

Accidentally ate some moldy beef jerky serious?

Only if you get sick: If you develop symptoms of GI distress or other changes go and see a doctor and be tested. ...Read more

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Can uncured hot dogs contain listeria?

Can uncured hot dogs contain listeria?

Yes: Listeriosis is a food borne illness caused by the listeria bacteria. Wash your hands after you handle hot dogs. Avoid cross-contaminating fluid from hot dogs packages with utensils or food prep surfaces. Ensure that hot dogs or luncheon meats you eat have been reheated to the point that they are steaming hot. Avoid soft cheeses blue-veined cheeses; and mexican-style cheeses. Avoid eating >. ...Read more

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How poisonous are elephant ear plants?

How poisonous are elephant ear plants?

Poisonous: Elephant eat plants contain high concentrations of oxalic acid. Eating the leaves and stems causes irritation and severe burning in the mouth, lips and gastrointestinal tract. The mouth, tongue, throat and esophagus will begin to swell, which can cut off the victim's airway. Vomiting, nausea and diarrhea can occur too. Emergency care is needed if pets or people eat this plant. ...Read more

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Wehani rice and/or pumpkin seed oil as allergen?

Wehani rice and/or pumpkin seed oil as allergen?

Rice: Though uncommon, pumpkin and its derivatives can cause an allergy as can various types of rice. There is no reason to expect that the more aromatic wehani rice would be an exception. Rice allergy as a whole is rare. ...Read more

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Is the poison ivy / poison oak in the adirondacks or upstate new york?

Is the poison ivy / poison oak in the adirondacks or upstate new york?

Poison Ivy: Everywhere in the us and southern canada except the far west, deserts and at high altitude. In the west they have poison oak, which is very similar. Both love roadsides and edges of fields. And certainly into southern canada and northern mexico as well. ...Read more

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Ate marshmallows roasted w/ fake fire log. Company says 'non toxic waxes' "california proposition 65... By-products known to cause cancer." concern?

Ate marshmallows roasted  w/ fake fire log. Company says 'non toxic waxes' "california proposition 65... By-products known to cause cancer." concern?

Once?: If you did this once, it is probably not a problem. But burning those fake fire logs in the house often may increase your risk. There are a lot of other ways to decrease your cancer risk, so this is probably not a big deal. Eat healthy, avoid stress, get plenty of rest. These are your best bets for decreasing your risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Is bee pollen gluten free?

Is bee pollen gluten free?

Most Likely: As with any product you have to read labels carefully. What starts as unadulterated bee pollen may be cut with other things. Carefully read ingredients and use a reputable manufacturer. ...Read more

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Ate spaghetti squash (w/olive oil, goat cheese, salt, pepper). Nose swollen inside, sinusdrainage, asthma. Allergic to squash?!? Other food allergies.

Ate spaghetti squash (w/olive oil, goat cheese, salt, pepper). Nose swollen inside, sinusdrainage, asthma. Allergic to squash?!? Other food allergies.

Food allergy: If you ate the squash and had an immediate reaction (minutes to 2hrs) that included hives, swelling, shortness of breath, wheeze, throat tightness, vomiting or passing out then I would be concerned for a food allergy reaction. Would make an appointment with an allergist to determine what could be the culprit foods. Bring list of ingredients eaten that meal to appointment. Avoid foods until seen. ...Read more

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Will pesticides on neighboring farm come across to organic farm?

Will pesticides on neighboring farm come across to organic farm?

Aerosol spread: Pesticides applied as spray will be carried by the wind. The amount of exposure will depend on the direction and intesity of wind and the distance from the site of spraying. ...Read more

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2 of my 4 kids allergic soy, wheat, rice, corn, peanut, hazelnut, almond, coconut, tomato, lima bean, garlic, onion, fish, shellfish, cantaloupe! help?

2 of my 4 kids allergic soy, wheat, rice, corn, peanut, hazelnut, almond, coconut, tomato, lima bean, garlic, onion, fish, shellfish, cantaloupe! help?

Board certified MD?: Make sure the doc telling you this is doing skin testing and not blood testing, consider a trip to a board certified allergy immunologist specialist, unlikely all of these positive tests are clinically significant. ...Read more

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Chinese food triggering someone's cashew allergy?

Chinese food triggering someone's cashew allergy?

Possible: Some chinese dishes contain cashews. The other possibility is that there was cashew "contamination" in your dish. ...Read more