The Virginia teenager suffered third degree burns after touching the poison tree


A 17-year-old boy broke out in the burns in the third level around his face and arms after touching a poison tree.

Alex Childress, who made the gardener for the summer job in Fredericksburg, Virginia, witnessed a kind of weed on Tuesday that seems to be pulled out.

Not knowing him, it is the giant hogweed child, an incredibly toxic plant that can cause blindness, burns and bulge only with one touch.

Childress texting for his father, Justin, said that he thought he had a heavy sunburn.

But when he’s home and bathed in the house, ‘ skin on the face he basically peeled and peeling, ‘ his father told WTVR.

His mother, a nurse, screamed upon seeing his wax and peeling and brought him straight to the hospital where he became the first to be diagnosed with a hogweed burned at the University of Virginia Commonwealth Medical Center.

Horrific burns: Alex Childress was left with burns all over his face after touching the plant

He thought it was a sunburn but his skin started peeling off when he got in the shower

Childress has now launched a GoFundMe because he can't work his summer job any more

‘ We’re working outside a plant and I’ve been sunk down a shrub and it falls down and touching my face, ‘ Childress told NBC12. ‘ I don’t notice it because I always do that. ‘

“I think I’ve been sunburnt,” he said. ‘ I was bathing and my face began to peel. My mother said I was burned at level three on the face and arms.

“They took me to take the bath in an hour and a half to wash and cleanse my body to get my pH level down,” he said. ‘ Then they cleaned everything else. ‘

He said the doctors had found traces of plastic on his body, and warned him that the more you stood in the sun then reacted as bad.

Hogweed was never discovered in Virginia until the previous month when officials put out warnings for all residents.

Sap’s plants make sensitive skin to sunlight than normal exposure can cause severe burns – a process called Phytophotodermatitis.

A brush against the tree can cause painful blisters, permanent scars and skin may remain sensitive to sunlight for many years after being exposed.

If the resin is sticky to the eye, it is likely to be blind.

On 12 June, officials at the Isle of Wight County, in northern Virginia, posted a warning to Facebook about detection of invasive vegetation, which had the potential to grow to 14 feet. They confirmed about 30 trees at a location in Clarke County, while even more were reported in the Staunton area and Middlesex County, according to officials.
“Hogweed giant made Poison Ivy look like a walk in the park,” they said.

Childress is in Fredericksburg, which is about 150 miles north of the witness Hogweed, and about an hour drive south of Washington, D.C.

Now he has released a GoFundMe to raise money because he will not be able to do his landscaping work anymore.


“I’m working at his summer landscaping work, trying to earn a little more money spent before leaving the university in Virginia Tech, when I accidentally cut down and bring a ‘ giant ‘ tree,” he writes on the page.

‘ I will not be able to work the remaining summer, and we also do not know whether the employer’s insurance has covered the medical bills or not. I have scholarships for Virginia Tech with ROTC army but I will probably take it right now because of insufficient medical standards. ‘

The tree grows from 8 to 15 feet. When it blooms, the white flowers are seen at the top in a ‘ flat ‘ umbrella.

Giant hogweed is an incredibly toxic plant that can cause blindness, burns and blistering with just one touch

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, ‘ temperature and humidity (sweat or dew) may exacerbate skin reactions. Phototoxic reactions can begin as soon as 15 minutes after exposure, with the highest sensitivity between 30 minutes and two hours after exposure.

The plant originated from the Caucasus Mountains of West Asia but went to Europe in the 19th century and to the United States in the early 20th century. It is now in parts of New England and Northwest

Officials are urging people to report the sighting of the invasive tree to the Ministry of Conservation and Entertainment of Virginia.

They will investigate the report and take action to destroy the asphalt to prevent it from making the Virginia house.

If you see the factory in your yard officials warn not to use a weed whale because some plastic can be fired when the trunk is cut.

If you are exposed to the factory, the Department of Environmental Conservation, says immediately rinse the affected area with soap and cold water.

Keep the area out of sunlight for at least 48 hours and see your doctor immediately if you develop a response or be sticking to the eye.