- Contact Dermatitis (itching, rashes, blisters, lesions, etc).
- Airborne Contact Dermatitis (wind blown seeds and dry material from the plant causing itching, rashes, blisters, lesions, etc).
- In rare cases it may cause difficulty in breathing.
Each plant has 5,000-10,000 seeds, and thus can be difficult to control. In allergic reactions, or severe cases with additional infection, it may cause death. If you do happen to touch the weed you need to:
- Remove yourself from the weed and clean and wash your hands and clothes (be careful of your eyes).
- If you have dermatitis you can use topical steroids.
- If you have trouble breathing you should use an antihistamine and see a doctor.
So be wary of your kids playing with any plants that look like the above!
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Sam has over a decade of experience in the design and operation of complex processing plants, he provides a strong technical background to the site in relation to safe equipment design and operation. Sam, a father of two children, has a B.Eng. (Chem) (Hons) and a Master of Business and Technology from Australia.