Other plant toxins can cause itchy rashes and painful boils. To protect yourself, take the time to learn to identify some poisonous plants and wear proper clothing to protect yourself from any contact.
Wear protective clothing: long-sleeved shirt, socks, and closed-toe shoes.
- Cover all exposed skin.
- Wash clothes and skin with soap and water after an exposure.
- Wear work gloves and wash them regularly.
Photodermatitis, sometimes referred to as sun poisoning or photoallergy, is a form of allergic contact dermatitis in which the allergen must be activated by light to sensitize the allergic response, and to cause a rash or other systemic effects on subsequent exposure.
Photodermatitis may result in swelling, a burning sensation, a red itchy rash sometimes resembling small blisters, and peeling of the skin. Nausea may also occur. There may also be blotches where the itching may persist for long periods of time. Two common plants commonly found in Vermont can react with sunlight to cause photodermititis are discussed below.