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Dangerous Poisonous Plants Which Can Destroy Your Hike Experience

From deadly snakes, dangerous bears to poisonous plants, a hike can put you at a life-threatening risk. There is a specific type of poisonous plants that can make you ill. You can have an irritating, itchy, and extremely painful rash that can destroy your overall hike experience. You need to adopt better strategies and equip yourself with all the necessary safety measures to save you from their attack.

Poison Oak

This tree is generally found in the areas of the Pacific Northwest. This tree grows in groups of three. Depending on the season, its colors range from green to red. What causes harm to people, is the oil secreted by the leaves and branches of this tree. It is an invitation to the itchiness in the body. So, for people who are hiking on the Pacific Coast Trail, need to watch out for this plant.

Manchineel

This is a type of tree that is seen in the areas of the Caribbean and Florida. Such type of trees grows till one to two inches in height and also it resembles like an apple. All the different parts of the tree are highly toxic. It has the power to cause burning blisters on the brush with its leaves, bark or branch. 

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Poison Sumac

This plant is grown in the region of Eastern Canada and the US. It is cultivated in bogs, swamps, and wetlands. This is a small tree that can cause discomfort to a person. This nasty tree produces an oily form of allergenic substance known as Urushiol.

Stinging Nettle

You can find this poisonous tree in the entire U.S. and Canada. So, if you are choosing these countries for a hike, then you need to be cautious about it. This plant generally occurs in moist areas such as streams, ditches, open forests, and woodland clearings. Identification of this plant is quite simple.

It is covered by small sized hair that look like hypodermic needles. When a person comes in contact with these hair, then it can inject irritant inside the skin. This can even lead to blisters and an itchy and burning sensation in the body. People who stay at this place use nettles as a medicinal treatment to treat this issue.

Poison Ivy

This is a plant that is found in the rocky mountaino

us regions in the US. To identify this plant, there is a general characteristic such as its leaves that has light green to reddish color. The color of leaves varies according to the season.  When a person comes in contact with this plant the color of the skin changes from its normal color to red color. Also, the skin can get itchiness on it.

Conclusion

Prevention is better than cure. Hiking can be an exciting and fulfilling experience as long as you incorporate necessary safety provisions and precautions. These are the best and proven ways that would protect you from getting harm from them at all cost.

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