7 Poisonous Plants to Avoid

How to recognize them and what to do if you touch one
Poison sumac leaves Photo: Robert H. Mohlenbrock/Wikipedia
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Poison sumac

Another cousin of poison ivy, poison sumac is sometimes called “thunderwood.” It finds its home along the Mississippi River and other parts of the South. This toxic plant appears as a woody bush, with branches laced by 7 to 13 leaves and creamy white berries. It causes a rash even more itchy and blistering than those caused by poison oak and poison ivy. If poison sumac is burned, the smoke can carry the oil inside your lungs and in rare cases cause them to fill with fluid, causing fatal suffocation. If you’re touched poison sumac, wash your skin immediately and apply a hydrocortisone cream for itching. The rash typically lasts from 5 to 12 days.

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