We all love having plants in our homes, because they purify the air, bring positive energy in our home, they look nice, etc. But, you should be very careful, because there are many different dangerous plants, which are loaded with toxic chemicals.
In this article we are going to talk about a very common plant that many people around the world have it in their homes.
We are talking about Dieffenbachia or so-called Dumb Cane. Dumb Cane has a bad reputation since its poison can have lethal consequences, and it has even been known to burn houses.
Esteban, 5-year-old boy was playing around the house and suddenly, he began to feel severe pain in the stomach. His parents thought it was just a regular stomach pain, because Esteban ate too much candy. But after some time, he felt more pain, so his parents took him to the hospital. Doctors have discovered that their son suffered a heavy poisoning.
The child had an anaphylactic shock.
Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction which requires immediate treatment, such as an injection of epinephrine. If left untreated, anaphylaxis can have serious consequences, and even death.
You should know that the cells of these plant contain needle-shaped calcium oxalate crystals, called raphides.
Some experts think that the toxicity is due to its content in proteolytic enzymes that propitiate the histamine production. If a leaf is chewed, these crystals can cause a temporary burning sensation and erythema. In rare cases, edema of tissues exposed to the plant has been reported. Mastication and ingestion generally result in only mild symptoms.
Contact with dieffenbachia can cause a unpleasant symptoms in children and pets, including intense numbing, oral irritation, excessive drooling, and localized swelling.In most cases, symptoms are mild, and can be successfully treated with analgesic agents, antihistamines, or medical charcoal. Gastric evacuation is rarely needed. In patients with exposure to toxic plants, 70% are children younger than 5 years. So carefully chose your plants home.