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What should I do if I have had skin exposure to the sap from morning glory vines?

Asked by citygrlincountry (270 points ) June 5th, 2010

I’ve been pulling out some morning glory vines, now my fingers are tingling—I should have worn gloves—and I’ve been googling this without much luck. Apparently consuming the seeds can be poisonous, and someone wrote about hallucinations and migraines after pulling out a lot of the vine—luckily I hadn’t done that much, just a little, but enough to make my fingers tingle. I’ve of course washed my hands but does anyone know if I should do something else? I would rather not start hallucinating or get a headache.

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cazzie's avatar

I don’t know much about this plant, but if you’ve introduced a toxin into your system trans-dermal, there may not be much you can do. Drink lots of water. Avoid taking anything that will put additional strain on your liver (alcohol or any over the counter drugs). Be sure to know the latin name of the plant you were exposed to. Morning Glory…. well… it can mean a variety of plants and scrubs, I think, especially if you live in Southern Cali. If you do end up needing medical treatment, this may be important.

I found this: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/m/morning_glory_poisoning/intro.htm

Hope this helps and I really hope you don’t get worse!

citygrlincountry's avatar

Thank you cazzie! It was small enough that hopefully I’ll be fine, I’ll take your advice about the water and if I do have further problems I’ll post a solution so someone else will have it if they need it.

JLeslie's avatar

I think you will be fine. Drink an extra 16 ounces of water to help flush any toxins that got into your system, and if your hands are really bothering you put a little otc cortizine cream.

wilma's avatar

I’ve never heard of this with morning glories. I have them every year and have pulled them out and touch them all the time. It seems maybe that you have a sensitivity to them. I would watch for any bad signs, other some mild itching and tingling. Perhaps take a shower and really make sure you get rid of all the stuff from the plant, and maybe take some antihistamine.

jonsblond's avatar

You should be fine. We grow them every year and sometimes my hands get a bit itchy for a day or so after pulling them out. I would use the suggestions above.

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