Would you believe that there is actually a plant that can cause third-degree burns by simply touching it? Though it sounds like a plot from a science fiction film, this killer plant does exist in the United Kingdom. It is called the Giant Hogweed.
The giant hogweed is native to the Central Asian and Caucasus regions.
In the 19th century, this plant was first brought to the United Kingdom. It was introduced as an ornamental plant to be displayed in the garden. Over the years, it has managed to spread itself throughout North America and Europe.
Although they don’t really look frightening, what happens when you touch them is painful.
Its sap contains phototoxic chemicals that could make the skin hypersensitive to ultraviolet light.
Once the skin affected by the sap is exposed to sunlight, it begins to burn and blister. Initially, it will cause pain. Later on, it will leave permanent scars. If in case the sap finds its way into the eyes, it may lead to permanent blindness.
Nowadays, officials are becoming very much concerned about the spread of this invasive plant.
In case the sap of a giant hogweed goes to your skin, make sure you wash it immediately using water and soap. And then, seek medical attention right away.
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