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Plants

  • Immediately call Poison Help (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center, because only experts can tell the difference between poisonous and safe mushrooms. Eating even a few bites of certain mushrooms can cause liver damage that can kill you, so call your poison center as soon as possible if someone has eaten one.

  • Berries are often found on plants in the fall, and some can be poisonous. If you or someone you know ate one or more wild berries, right away call Poison Help (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center. Poison center experts may not be able to identify the plant on the phone, so it is important before a poisoning occurs to learn the names of plants around your home.

  • If you are allergic to poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac, touching it can cause blisters on your skin. Be sure that everyone in your family can identify these plants. Remember the phrase, "leaves of three, let it be."

    If someone touches one of these plants, rinse right away with running water for at least five minutes. Poison center experts may not be able to identify other plants on the phone, so it is important before a poisoning occurs to learn the names of plants around your home. Call Poison Help (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center, to find out more information.