Toxic: Careful with daffodils and tulips

Toxic: Careful with daffodils and tulips

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Do not touch tulips and daffodils without gloves

Easter bells and tulips are very popular with amateur gardeners as flowers blooming relatively early. The flowery Easter symbols are not only beautiful to look at, they are also poisonous, which is why gloves should be worn, especially when in contact with tulips. The information center against poisoning in Bonn explains how to react in the event of poisoning by tulips or daffodils.

Already the contact with parts of the tulip plant can lead to a so-called "bulb bulb dermatitis", according to the poison control center. An itchy skin rash with redness and swelling and possibly an increased brittleness of the fingernails are typical symptoms here. Even with daffodils, “contact or allergic dermatitis with a rash due to the juice of the onion” can be found in rare cases, according to the information center against poisoning. If parts of plants are swallowed, however, there is a significant risk of serious health problems.

All plant parts of the tulips and daffodils are poisonous According to the experts, all plant parts of the tulips and daffodils are poisonous - i.e. flowers, leaves, stems and bulbs. If parts of the tulip plant are swallowed, this can lead to abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, as well as a drop in body temperature or even a shock, apathy or respiratory failure. After eating plant parts of the daffodils, gagging, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, sweating, but also paralysis with subsequent collapse and cardiac arrhythmia are possible consequences.

Contact a doctor after swallowing the parts of the plant. While skin contact with tulips or daffodils usually heals within a few days after avoiding contact even without treatment, the consumption of parts of plants without medical care can have dramatic consequences. First of all, according to the information center against poisoning, those affected should drink plenty of water as part of first aid. Then a doctor should be contacted, who may initiate the administration of coal tablets.

Easter bells in homeopathy In homeopathy, extracts of Easter bells are also used in small amounts for treatment. For example, they can be used against rhinitis (runny nose), bronchitis, pertussis (whooping cough) or diarrhea. (fp)

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