Borscht Sosnowski is a forage plant that was previously cultivated and turned out to be such a serious threat that it was abandoned. Unfortunately, attempts to eradicate Sosnovsky’s spray did not bring the expected results – both spraying and cutting did not eliminate this “weed”. Why is it dangerous?
Borscht Sosnowski – Burns
Borscht Sosnovsky contains very dangerous juice that causes burns. It contains furanocoumarins, which easily bind to DNA, causing cell death. Direct contact with the juice often causes redness, burning and itching, but these symptoms are very easy to minimize. When ultraviolet rays reach the skin, a strong reaction occurs that ends with a painful burn. The blisters and tingling are very severe. These symptoms may appear 30 minutes after contact with the plant and up to two hours later. There are painful wounds that are difficult to heal.
The plant can also be dangerous to the respiratory system, eyes, and skin. On hot days, dangerous compounds travel through the air, which is why just being near Borscht Sosnowski can lead to respiratory and skin burns, nausea and vomiting. So be especially careful with children who may not be aware of how dangerous the plant can be.
How do you know Borscht Sosnowski?
Borscht Sosnovsky is a green plant up to several meters in size, the diameter of the leaf reaches 1.5 meters, the diameter of the inflorescences is up to half a meter. It has characteristic flowers gathered in umbels (similar in shape to dill flowers), which are covered with white flowers in June-July. The trunk, leaves and doors that make up the arms look as if they are covered with hair. Similar to borscht Sosnovsky, but much smaller, there are, among other things, borscht in the meadows, which do not pose a health hazard.
If you suspect contact with Borscht Sosnowski, wash your skin thoroughly with soap and water and avoid sunlight. The skin can be covered with clothing or, for example, a towel if you relax by the water and see a doctor as soon as possible.
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