Euphorbia in the "news"
Dr. Neil Snow
nsnow at BENTLEY.UNCO.EDU
Wed Mar 22 17:28:52 CST 2000
Apologies for this delayed anecdote: My father-in-law in Australia was rushed to
the emergency room for this very reason about a year ago in a great deal of pain.
He was cutting down a "weedy" euphorb tree in the backyard. The sap accidentally
got in his eyes as he mopped his sweaty brow. It was several days before his eyes
felt normal. Thanks John; your cautions are not overstated.
John Nelson wrote:
> WED 16 Mar 225pm
> Students of the genus Euphorbia (and others) may want to read an
> article that shows up in a recent medical journal:
> Eke, T. S. Al-Husainy, and M. K. Raynor. 2000. The spectrum of
> ocular inflammation caused by Euphorbia sap. Archives of Opthalmology
> Yikes. As if the sap weren't bad enough on your skin. The lesson to be
> learned is that anybody messing with these plants should wear protective
> eye-wear--- but I think that won't help, if you take your goggles off
> and THEN rub your eyes with your sappy hands. So don't be a sap. Wash
> your hands very well before taking off the goggles. (Same advice applies
> to activities involving Capsicum.)
> later JOHN
> John B. Nelson
> A. C. Moore Herbarium
> Department of Biological Sciences
> University of South Carolina
> Columbia SC 29208
> ph 803-777-8196
> fax 803-777-4002
> nelson at sc.edu
> Non totum difficile est, sed nihil facile.
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