Hogweed plant causes third-degree burns on Spotsylvania teen
BEWARE of this plant if you’re planning a trip to Maryland or Virginia this summer.
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RICHMOND, Va. – Doctors have released a Spotsilvian teenager who has been treated for burns from a giant hogweed plant.
Alex Childress was working as a landscaper to clear the vegetation near Spotsylvania when he felt sharp burns that were originally thought to be caused by sunburn on Tuesday, according to CBS 6.
Instead, the boy’s father, Justin, said they later discovered that his pain was caused by a brief encounter with the giant Hogweed plant.
‘Alex kept on working all day when he got his face,’ Justin explained. ‘When he got home, the bathroom came in and the skin on his face was basically peeling and peeling.
Giant Hogweed is a gas plant that can cause third-degree burns and permanent blindness now found in Virginia, according to researchers at Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech University.
Contact with plant weeds, with exposure to the sun, can lead to such harsh conditions.
Alex’s mother, a nurse at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, returned home and determined that the injuries of the 17-year-old were second to third-degree burns requiring immediate medical attention.
The teenager was first sent to Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, but doctors decided that the best cuts could be treated at the Bern Center at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.
‘It’s a painful experience, but Alex is a difficult child,’ his father said. ‘I’m not saying that because he’s my son, but he’s one of the toughest kids I have ever seen.’
Alex was given a full scholarship to Virginia Tech with plans to enroll in the Cadet Corps in the fall. However, adolescent injuries may disrupt these plans.
‘He was supposed to be moving in August,’ Justin said. ‘But this may have to be postponed at this stage so that Alex can get a medical concession from his doctor in terms of physical activity.’
Giant Hogweed can not only pose a threat to your skin, it can also affect the environment. It can be up to 14 feet high, along with shading areas and inhibit the growth of native species.
The hollow diameter of the plant usually ranges between 2 and 4 inches, with dark red spots and red bristles and bristles. White flowers grow in the form of the canopy with widths of up to two and a half feet.
The plant can easily be mistaken for other harmless plants, such as Queen Anne’s Lace and Cow Parsnip.
Childress has expressed the hope that others will learn the injuries of their son to be familiar with this gas plant
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