Unusual complications after occupational exposure to giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum): A case report

Piotr Klimaszyk, Dorota Klimaszyk, Michał Piotrowiak, Agnieszka Popiołek
2014 International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health  
AbstractExposure to giant hogweed brings about the risk of serious skin damage, usually in the form of phytophotodermatitis. Initially, skin changes are signaled by a burning sensation, followed by a vesiculobullous rash and long-term hyperpigmentation. Usually, skin disorders improve after the application of topical and oral corticosteroids. In extremely rare instances, full skin thickness burns or epidermal necrosis occur. The study presents a case of occupational exposure to hogweed, which
more » ... to hogweed, which resulted in extensive skin lesions leading to the disablement of a 27-year-old man. The principles of procedure to be followed when contact with giant hogweed is an occupational hazard are also outlined.
doi:10.2478/s13382-014-0238-z pmid:24549994 fatcat:ficpym5ffjao7mgnyoiau3xvaq