Giant hogweed, an invasive plant with toxic sap, symbolizes the plight of rural England and other countries of the world.
A UK primary school girl suffered horrific second degree burns after touching the invasive plant known as “giant parsley” or “cow parsley” while playing at Longsight Park, Bolton, England.
She was hospitalized with severe blisters that have developed. The images of his abrasions immediately went viral and the authorities alerted the population to the treatments to be taken in the presence of this invasive plant that is gaining ground every day in the English countryside, as well as in other countries of the world such as Russia.
In an urgent warning after the accident, the elementary school “Resistant mill” told parents to show their children what the plant looks like so they can avoid it. The girl is not the only recently recorded case: a 22-month-old girl was left in ‘agony’ after being brushed with ragwort in early June.
The hand of the infected girl after touching a giant parsley showed huge blisters.
There was also the case of Nick Sherratt, 53, that he was in contact with the giant hogweed for only “30 seconds” when he strayed off a path near Porthjoke beach in Cornwall.
Sherratt, welder, felt “nothing” at that moment, but he woke up the next day vomiting violently, with constant fever and terrible chills. Soon a huge red mark with a black spot appeared on her leg where the parsley had touched her.
“After that, it was absolutely excruciating pain in my calf muscle, my skin literally felt on fire. If someone came with a hacksaw, I would be happy I would have told him to cut off my leg please. It was very painful, “the man said.
Nick Sherratt’s knee, a man from England who also touched a giant parsley with his knee, suffered a tremendous infection.
In one of the photographs, the Sherratt bubble is the size of a golf ball. The doctors have prescribed him antibiotics and that he must wait to see the evolution of the abrasions suffered.
Giant hogweed is an invasive agent, an exceptionally tall plant with toxic sap it can cause third degree burns and blindness.
Pus, pain and antibiotics to overcome Nick Sherratt’s knee infection.
In summer, the giant hogweed takes on the appearance of dill on steroids; its coffee table-sized blades create thickets impossible to traverse without a fireproof suit.
In winter it dries up to become a brown skeletonwhich grows a lot in places where man does not collect anything.
Giant hogweed naturally grows in changing terrain and competes with other high altitude vegetation by producing an extraordinary number of seeds, up to 100 thousand per plant.
The species contains a high concentration of furanocoumarinssubstances that cause severe burns and blisters when affected areas of the skin are exposed to sunlight.