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Giant Hogweed Skin Burns Chemistry

The chemistry of Giant Hogweed and how it causes skin burns

Giant Hogweed Skin Burns Chemistry
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Brushing past a plant in the undergrowth whilst out walking might sound fairly innocuous. In the case of Giant Hogweed, however, it’s anything but. This plant’s sap can cause burns and blistering after contact, and there’ve been an increasing number of articles warning of the danger it poses over the past few months. Here, we take a look at the chemical compounds behind the sap’s unpleasant effects.

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