Moving away from bloodroot and poison ivy, let us now consider the lovely but sometimes dangerous mango plant.
Mango peel contains urushiol, the chemical in poison ivy and poison sumac that can cause urushiol-induced contact dermatitis in susceptible people. Cross-reactions between mango contact allergens and urushiol have been observed.Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone. We hope you enjoyed a Mango Margarita yesterday.
Those with a history of poison ivy or poison oak may be most at risk for such an allergic reaction. Urushiol is also present in mango leaves and vines. During mango's primary season, it is the most common source of plant dermatitis in Hawaii.