FOX 47 - Health News
Donna Lotzer is poison education coordinator for UW Hospital in Madison. She says there are a lot of myths about holiday poisons, starting with mistletoe and holly.
"Mistletoe is good for kissing," she said. "You'll notice nowadays mistletoe has plastic leaves and real fruit, or real leaves and plastic fruit. That's because it was believed eating a single berry or leaf could be highly toxic."
Not true, Lotzer says, unless you eat a couple bushels.
Poinsettia plants have gotten a bad reputation over the years as being poisonous. Not so, experts say, but the white substance inside can be irritating, and if it gets on your skin, you should wash it off.
When it comes to real dangers, what you put on your Christmas tree could put you at risk, especially old tinsel.
"If it's material which is soft, and breaks easily, it very well may be lead-containing tinsel," Lotzer said. "Modern tinsel is plastic."
Lotzer says you should also forgo decorative bubble lights, which contain methylene chloride, a dangerous chemical.
"If you get it on your skin or inhale it, it's irritating but it's also known to be a carcinogen."
If you have a poison emergency during the holidays, you can call 1-800-222-1222 for help.
Online reporting by Jeff Angileri
Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!
Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)
|Aspiring paralympian asks docs to amputate her healthy leg|
After a congenital disorder left her right leg useless, a British teen opted to have it removed. Now she wants to have part of her other leg removed to achieve her goal of competing in top-level Paralympic events, reported the Daily Express.
|The trouble with keeping commercial flights clean|
The Ebola crisis and heightened concerns about the risk of spreading disease during air travel have focused concern on what airlines do to keep planes clean.
|Australian man claims healthier lifestyle helped him beat cancer three times|
Scott Stephens was just 23 when he was first diagnosed with cancer.
|Human error seen in measles vaccination deaths in Syria: WHO|
A muscle relaxant appears to have been mixed mistakenly with measles vaccine, killing 15 children in Syria this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, calling it the biggest such tragedy in memory.
|Falls indoors may signal frailty, linked to shorter survival|
Women in their eighties who fell indoors, rather than outdoors or from a height like a ladder, died sooner than their peers, a new French study finds.
Tonight on FOX 47
5:00pm Two and a Half Men
5:30pm Big Bang Theory
6:00pm Modern Family
6:30pm Big Bang Theory
8:00pm Red Band Society (Encore)
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:35pm Modern Family
10:05pm Two and a Half Men
10:35pm Everybody Loves Raymond
11:05pm The Simpsons
11:35pm The Simpsons