Sorry if I’m not posting this in the right place. Moderators, feel free to move this if you think necessary.
I personally think this topic needs a sticky. Ditto for dangerous animals (mostly snakes).
Yesterday, I touched Yaorengou 咬人狗 or “bite people dog” for the first time. I have previously touched Yaorenmao 咬人貓 or “bite people cat” on a couple of occasions.
I can tell you that the Yaorengou is worse. In fact, my online research indicates that some people have even died after touching it. It’s more insidious than Yaorenmao, which is a very distinctive plant that even looks nasty. Yaorengou is beautiful - it could easily be an ornamental plant in somebody’s garden.
I didn’t have a camera with me nor a camera cell phone, so I didn’t get pictures. However, a google search turned up photos of both plants. I also discovered the English (or Latin) names for both plants, and Wikipedia pages for both.
Chinese name: Yaorengou 咬人狗
Latin name: Dendrocnide meyeniana
Chinese name: Yaorenmao 咬人貓
Latin name: Urtica thunbergiana
It’s been over 24 hours since I touched the Yaorengou and I’m still hurting. I was lucky that the plant was right next to a stream. As soon as I touched it, I felt the pain, and I dove right into the creek and tried to scrub off the poison and tiny hairlike stickers (so small that they aren’t even visible). Had it not been for the water, who knows what shape I’d be in now.
Online research suggests that main treatment is a cream containing antihistaminics or hydrocortisone - I went to the local pharmacy and got one called Winsolve Bumin Ointment 化敏軟膏 (hua4min3ruan3gao1) which sort of helps. I also took some strong antihistamines last night so I could sleep.
Long pants and sleeves probably would have helped, but it was too hot for that yesterday. I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt at the time.