Toxicity of dieffenbachia
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Side effects of dieffenbachia
Poisoning with this plant shows the following symptoms:
- Applied externally: Dermatitis in the skin, with reddening , itchiness or burning pain . More serious symptoms can appear such as bladders or ulcers. In contact with the eyes, it produces irritation and transitory lost of vision.
Among the most habitual symptoms we found : Swallowing difficulty , salivation, lost of sensibility with tingling sensation in the tongue, itchiness or ulcerations in the lips.
Consequences of eating dieffenbachia
A big ingestion of the plant, something which is not very habitual, can end up producing breathing difficulty. The quick action of the toxins of this plant usually propitiates its spitting what prevents the patient to continue chewing it .
The accidents are usually more common in children who chew the leaves, which produces a quick irritation with inflammation of the mucous membranes and a great salivation.
How to treat dieffenbachia poisoning?
Dieffenbachia poisoning requires the following medical treatment:
- Mouth rinsing with plenty of water to eliminate the small pieces of the plant that could still remain in the mouth.
- Demulcents to alleviate the irritation and soothe the membranes.
- Immediate medical care with antihistamines and analgesics has to be applied.
Is dieffenbachia toxic to animals?
It is a plant whose ingestion is toxic for domestic animals. There have been registered many cases of intoxication with mortal result in dogs, cats, rabbits and canaries that ate it.
Symptoms in animals are similar to those produced on people.
Species of dieffenchabias
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.