UNION, Iowa – Summertime is a popular time for people to be outdoors, but one woman is warning hikers to be on the lookout for a poisonous plant.
Its common knowledge to avoid poison ivy, but a plant that is growing across the country is causing the Department of Natural Resources to issue a warning.
Wild Parsnip is a poisonous weed that grows in nearly all 50 states and looks like a dill plant or Queen Anne's lace, KFOR reported. The yellow weed is seemingly harmless until it comes in contract with skin and sunlight. It can cause a rash similar to a severe burn.
Wendy Prusha, an Iowa resident, came in contact with the plant while she was working in her yard. The rash she developed sent her to the emergency room, KFOR reported.
"It's a constant burning. It just bubbled up overnight," she said told the TV station. "The oils sit on your skin, it's a constant burning and it eats away your skin."
If someone comes in contact with the weed, immediately rinse skin with dishwashing soap and apply a wet compress or hydrocortisone cream.
Experts also suggest scrubbing under your nails with a brush to prevent spreading the rash.