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Doctor insights on: Poisonous Plants

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What are some poisonous plants?

What are some poisonous plants?

Many: Some plants cause surface issues like poison ivy. Others like jimson weed contain chemicals that can cause toxicity to the body. The list is long and basically do not eat anything unless you are confident of its origin. Included in this list are some mushrooms that are highly toxic. ...Read more

Toxicity (Definition)

Toxicity is the degree to which a drug or a substance can harm ...Read more


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What kind of poisonous plant would cause black blisters to appear on the skin upon contact?

What kind of poisonous plant would cause black blisters to appear on the skin upon contact?

Poison Ivy will: At least it did to me! as a kid, i had a large black blister on the inside of my forearm - then it spread all over. There may be others as well, but poison ivy is just very common so it maked the most sense. ...Read more

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Poisonous plant splinter? I was gardening today and removing expired delphinium (i think) and had a splinter from the dried plant stalk pierce straight down into my finger rather than sort of sideways, as splinters usually do. I realized i had a splinter

Poisonous plant splinter? I was gardening today and removing expired delphinium (i think) and had a splinter from the dried plant stalk pierce straight down into my finger rather than sort of sideways, as splinters usually do.  I realized i had a splinter

If : If a patient has this occur with such a long splinter, then has pain and swelling, infection is a concern. Applying warm compresses, washing vigorously, applying anti-bacterial ointment, and taking advil (ibuprofen) are probably methods you have already tried. If it is still painful, red, red streaks, or swollen, then consult with your physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Are poinsettias or any other holiday plants poisonous?

Are poinsettias or any other holiday plants poisonous?

Yes: Eating poinsettia leaves can cause nausea and vomiting in adults and children. (as can cedar bark and pyracantha.) the sap can cause an allergic rash. Definite poisonous holiday plants include mistletoe, holly, amaryllis, daffodils, jerusalem cherry, and lilies. ...Read more

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What plants are poisonous or dangerous in the backyard?

Too many to list: There are a multitude of plants that have toxic parts that if eaten will create problems. It's a good idea to know what is in your yard and investigate the specifics. A great resource is the texas poison cotrol page at www.Poisoncontrol.Org also 1-800-222-1222. The page has a search feature with plant photo's to help you identify common plants of interest. ...Read more

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Is it true that dieffenbachia (plant) is poisonous and dangerous to child and pets?

Is it true that dieffenbachia (plant) is poisonous and dangerous to child and pets?

Yes: Dieffenbachia ( Common name : Dumb Cane, leopard Lilly ) is a type of house plant with large, colorful leaves. Poisoning can occur if you eat the leaves, stalk, or root of this plant. The plant has oxalic acid and Asparagine which are both poisonous. Have poison control center handy at all times:1800-222-1222. ...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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Is a thorn bug poisonous?

Odd looking bug.: I could not locate any literature that suggested that a thorn bug was poisonous. ...Read more

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What herbs are poisonous?

Herb toxicity: List is too long to be covered in 400 characters or less. See: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~amybrown/PotentiallyHarmfulHerbList%20-%20Table.pdf ...Read more