Saturday, 24 September 2011
Danger: Common plant Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
However, these effects are rarely life-threatening. In most cases, symptoms are mild, and can be successfully treated with analgesic agents, antihistamines, or medical charcoal. Gastric evacuation or lavage is "seldom" indicated. Jennifer S. Boyle, MD, PharmD, and Christopher P Holstege, MD, note that, "In a large retrospective study of 188 patients with plant oxalate exposure, all cases were determined to be minor and all resolved with minor or no treatment." They also note that, "In patients with exposure to toxic plants, 70% are children younger than 5 years.