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Puncture with thread-like agave

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Question: Puncture with thread-like agave

Hello to all,

today I tip with my splendid huge thread-like agave ... and I have a nice sketch with a strong blush around the knee ... you can tell me if it is poisonous ... if I have to go to the pharmacy ... or I can survive serenely :-)


Answer: Puncture with thread-like agave

Dear Paola,

there are several thousand species of plants, and among these many contain substances not precisely suitable to be ingested, or injected under the skin, as occurs through the puncture of a thorn; many agave species contain small amounts of calcium oxalate, which can cause dermatitis in people who touch the sap; any prickling with thorns found at the end of the agave leaves can cause rashes, usually itchy, which can persist for weeks. But this is not an actually toxic or poisonous plant, therefore, in addition to the nuisance and the "bump" you will not have any type of additional symptom, because the plant does not contain dangerous alkaloids, as it happens for other plants much more common in our gardens . Indeed, he considers that agave leaves, their floral buds and floral stem, are used in America in traditional cooking; mezcal is prepared with the leaves of the blue agave, a typical liqueur, similar to a strong aromatic grappa; the most famous and widespread mezcal is tequila, which you can find in all the Italian and worldwide Bari. The sap of the agaves contains a sugary juice, and in fact in recent years it is also used in Italy, to prepare fruit compotes or other products. So I wouldn't worry about an agave sting, even if it happened to you other times; if the puncture area becomes very red and annoying, then ask the doctor, but a simple antihistamine should solve the problem. There are other plants with which we must be cautious; the most famous and widespread is the oleander, which contains substances capable of causing nausea and vomiting, but also tachycardia; hemlock is a weed that commonly grows in the uncultivated places of our peninsula, and many have some specimens in the garden, without even knowing it, it contains a neurotoxin, which inhibits the brain synapses; datura is a highly cultivated ornamental plant, due to its beautiful flowers, highly toxic alkaloids are contained in the flowers and fruits, which in small doses can give rise to hallucinations and heart problems; nightshade is another toxic plant, widely cultivated as an ornamental plant, which contains alkaloids that are toxic to humans.

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