Health Alert - The Giant Hogweed Plant
By Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results
(RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage)
A growing number of these plants are being seen across Ontario including Uxbridge. The giant Hogweed Plant is a huge toxic plant that can cause serious burns and scarring as well as blindness. Sap from the plant has the ability to bond with your skin when exposed to sunlight it causes inflammation, itching, weeping blisters and eventually will leave black and purplish scars. Giant hogweed is most frequently found adjacent to streams, creeks, roads, in vacant lots or in rights of ways. "Even a tiny trace of sap applied to the eye can singe the cornea, causing temporary or permanent blindness, he added. The chemicals in the sap, furocoumarins, are carcinogenic and teratogenic, meaning they can cause cancer and birth defects." Drew Halfnight - Giant weed that burns and blinds spreads acros...