Vegetation, vegetables, vesicles: plants and skin
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Vegetation, vegetables, vesicles: plants and skin

Frances Northall Information officer, National Poisons Information Service, London

FRANCES NORTHALL discusses how apparently innocuous plants can sometimes cause severe skin conditions

Plants and plant extracts can adversely affect the skin in several ways that can be all too familiar, but sometimes surprising. Skin effects are most commonly localised and result from direct plant contact, but there are some instances where plant consumption can affect the skin and others where skin contact can lead to systemic effects.

Emergency Nurse. 11, 3, 18-23. doi: 10.7748/en2003.06.11.3.18.c7656

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