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Hackberry poisoning?  
« on: October 17, 2002, 11:47:54 AM »
Has anyone heard of Hackberry poisoning?  I just had a guy tell me about getting blood poisoning from falling over a chunk of fresh cut Hackberry and skinning his shin.  He said within a couple of hours he started feeling bad and by evening he was breaking out in a rash around the scrape.  In a couple of days,  he had red streaks like blood poisoning running up his leg.  

He said the doctor knew at once it was Hackberry poisoning and was accustom to seeing a dozen cases a year.  Said the sap was only poisonous in the spring.   He prescribed a powerful antibiotic.
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Re: Hackberry poisoning?
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2002, 02:40:00 PM »
I'll have to say when I first read this I thought this couldn't be right.  Dug through some books, nothing.  Searched the 'net a few different ways, still nothing.  Then I came across this:

http://www.geocities.com/Petsburgh/Park/3115/webdoc20.html

Now first let me say I checked all of my botanical books, a medicinal plant book, and many credible web sources to no avail.  This person put together information from many different sources mainly as a way to come up with plants that are toxic to cats.  Also this is the european hackberry, not the common american hackberry.  It was listed as a type 5 poison the meaning of which I listed below.

Celtis sinensis - Hackberry - Sap of the plant may have irritating effects on skin (suggested counter measures)WASH with water.
5 - Dermatitis: Exposure to juice or sap from these plants or a puncture wound from the thorns may produce a skin rash or irritation. Skin wounds from some of these plants can be extremely painful causing large blisters and burning of the skin.

I guess people are allergic to a lot of things and it is possible.  Be interested to hear if anyone else has heard of this.

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2002, 06:50:11 PM »
 Dermatitis: Exposure to juice or sap from these plants or a puncture wound from the thorns may produce a skin rash or irritation. Skin wounds from some of these plants can be extremely painful causing large blisters and burning of the skin.

http://wellness.ucdavis.edu/safety_info/poison_prevention/take_care_with_plants/toxicity_of_plants.html

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Re: Hackberry poisoning?
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2002, 07:48:25 PM »
Way to go art. I find it curious that St. Johns wart is given 3 warnings including the most severe.
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