Move over poison ivy there is a new poisonous plant in town that is out to torment your little ones. Over the last few years we have seen this little white cluster of flowers. This plant is part of the carrot and parsnip family. Wild Parsnip has an oil that can cause burns, rashes or blisters to a person’s skin when that area is exposed to sun light. When you are out and about its easy to spot the plant, here are some thing to look for:
What to do if you come into contact with wild parsnip. Wash the affected area with soap and water. Protect the invected area from the sun to prevent burns. As the plant desensitizes your skin. If you are exposed to the plant that can affect the face, bottom of hands, bottom of feet or sensitive areas you should seek medical care immediately.
It feels amazing being able to enjoy the lovely weather outside. It’s so important to prevent heat related emergencies. Some of the waring signs:
Prevention is key, being proactive is really important to prevent heat related emergencies. Drinking plenty of fluids to maintain your hydration level. Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day. Take cover, seek out shade. Taking lots of breaks and monitor how you are feeling. Listen to your body.