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Toxic plants are closer than you think
Who does not associate summer with relaxation? Not only for imagining ourselves lying on white sands by the sea, but also for enjoying the sun and vegetation wherever we are. But in our gardens or orchards, or on more adventurous nature walks, there are plants that can be dangerous for animals and also for humans. Some leaves and flowers, apparently harmless and very beautiful, by the way, are toxic when ingested and even just by touching or approaching them. Potentially harmful plants can cause from annoying rashes to complex allergic reactions or poisoning.
Siempre Mujer gives you these tips to avoid danger without giving up contact with the vegetation of the season.
Even the leaves of common plants like tomatoes or potatoes can be harmful. If you buy houseplants or plant a garden, find out which species can be toxic.
- Be sure to locate toxic plants out of the reach of children or pets.
- When working in areas you are not very familiar with in the garden or orchard, be sure to put on gloves and wear pants and, if possible, even long sleeves. If you go hiking or hiking, don't neglect protection either.
You must learn to identify and take care especially of plants like poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. A good starting point is to keep in mind the English saying Leaves of three, Let it be !, which advises not to touch the branches formed by groups of three leaves.
To ease the rashes and itching caused by ivy and other plants, this is what dermatologists recommend.
Wash your skin immediately with warm soapy water. If you can't wash right away, try removing some of the oil from the plant so it doesn't spread to other parts of the body or to other people.
- Thoroughly wash the clothes you were wearing when you became irritated (as well as the surfaces of tools and objects that have touched plants). The oil from the plants can get into the tissues and cause irritation again.
- Don't scratch yourself because that could lead to infection. If blisters occur, do not remove the skin that protects the affected area.
- Take short baths or showers with warm water. Ask the pharmacy to recommend oatmeal or baking soda to add to the bathroom. You can also try calamine creams or lotions.
- Consider taking antihistamines, but never apply them directly to the skin. Yes, cold compresses are recommended.
And finally, something very important: if you have difficulty breathing or swallowing, if the irritation spreads throughout the body or is very abundant, or if it is concentrated in the eyes and genitals, or if you have so much inflammation that closes your Eyes, call 911 or run to the emergency room for treatment!
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