Weed That Causes Burns is Spreading Across Iowa

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By Katie Stinson

DES MOINES, Iowa - Something else to watch out for in our backyards is a common weed that's causing severe skin burns.

Wild parsnip looks like yellow Queen Ann's lace, but ISU extension agents say what appears to be a wildflower is growing like wildfire this year due to the wet spring and less maintenance along roads. The weed can cause blisters, welts and scalding pain. Sometimes it even stumps doctors who aren't sure how to treat it.

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