Beauty & the Burn

VanDuyne, Glorio
June 2008
New York State Conservationist;Jun2008, Vol. 62 Issue 6, p24
The article focuses on wild parsnip or giant hogweed, plants that can cause second-degree burn. Wild parsnip, contain chemicals called furanocoumarins, which, when combined with sunlight on the skin cause phytophotodermatitis (a toxic skin reaction). The chemicals prevent the skin from protecting itself from ultraviolet rays. The result is basically a sunburn. The sap from giant hogweed combines with sunlight and perspiration to cause phytophotodermatitis. Scarring can be permanent and contact with eyes can cause blindness.


Related Articles

  • Phytophotodermatitis. Klaber, R. E. // Archives of Disease in Childhood;May2006, Vol. 91 Issue 5, p385 

    The article focuses on the case of a 6-year-old boy with sunburn and widespread blistering lesions on his hand, lower arms, back, and truck. A diagnosis of phytophotodermatitis, caused by contact with giant hogweed. The blistering settled well with oral prednisolone and topical steroid ointment,...

  • Giant Weed Causes Blindness.  // Review of Optometry;9/15/2002, Vol. 139 Issue 9, p8 

    Examines the effects of giant hogweed which causes photodermatitis to humans in Massachusetts. Presence of toxins on watery sap; Exposure of skin contact to sunlight constitutes painful blisters; Issuance of alert news to farmers, outdoorsmen and gardeners.

  • Giant hogweed a villain in ornamental clothing. Sinopoli, Joseph // American Nurseryman;3/1/2006, Vol. 203 Issue 5, p8 

    The article provides information on the giant hogweed which has been discovered at different sites in Michigan. Considered a public health risk, the giant hogweed can be painful to humans and animals wherein its Furocoumarins in the sap of the plant can cause photodermatitis. Measure have been...

  • Photosensitivity Disorders: Cause, Effect and Management. Millard, T.P.; Hawk, J.L.M. // American Journal of Clinical Dermatology;2002, Vol. 3 Issue 4, p239 

    Abnormal photosensitivity syndromes form a significant and common group of skin diseases. They include primary (idiopathic) photodermatoses such as polymorphic light eruption (PLE), chronic actinic dermatitis (CAD), actinic prurigo, hydroa vacciniforme and solar urticaria, in addition to drug-...

  • photosensitivity disorder:. Huber, Jeffrey T.; Gillaspy, Mary L. // Encyclopedic Dictionary of AIDS-Related Terminology;2000, p178 

    An encyclopedia entry for the term "photosensitivity disorder," which refers to the abnormal reaction to light, especially sunrays or ultraviolet light, is presented.

  • Ohio places giant hogweed on noxious weed list. Georig, David J. // American Nurseryman;3/1/2008, Vol. 207 Issue 5, p10 

    The article reports that the state of Ohio has added the Heracleum mantegazzianum or giant hogweed to the list of noxious weeds. It was stated that the state government has added the weed to the list because of its capability to injure and risk human health and ability to spread quickly. In...

  • Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) for Regional Mapping and Environmental Awareness. Fonji, Simon Foteck; Larrivee, Michael; Taff, Gregory N. // Journal of Geographic Information System;Apr2014, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p135 

    Giant Hogweed is a poisonous invasive weed in Latvia that poses significant threat to biodiversity and human health. Local residents are afraid and have very special concerns about the safety of their children because the plant causes phytophotodermatitis (severe burns), painful blistering,...

  • Methotrexate/voriconazole.  // Reactions Weekly;6/8/2013, Issue 1456, p25 

    The article presents cases studies wherein paediatric patients developed cheilitis and photosensitivity while taking methotrexate and voriconazole.

  • Dangerous Plant Menace. Drummond, David // Treasure Hunting;Sep2015, p11 

    The article provides a warning for detectorists to be aware about a non-native invasive plant known as the giant hogweed found in Dundee, Scotland which can can burn and blister human flesh on contact and discusses precautions to be taken if someone comes in contact with such a plant.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics