Facts & Effects Of Poisonous Mushrooms
- Mushrooms are funguses that grow on wet, moist surfaces such as lawns and wooded areas.
- Mushrooms called amanitas are very poisonous and can cause death. These mushrooms look very similar to mushrooms that are not poisonous.
- Some people are allergic to mushrooms that aren’t considered poisonous.
- People and animals should only eat mushrooms that have been purchased at the store.
- Just because an animal is eating a mushroom does not mean it is safe for humans.
- Cooking, canning, pickling, freezing and drying poisonous mushrooms does not remove toxins.
- Blood disorders
- Heart, liver and kidney damage
- Stomach pain
Call the 24-Hour Poison Help Line for Additional Support:
What If Someone Eats A Wild Mushroom
Mushroom ingestion can be very serious. If someone you know eats a wild mushroom, contact The University of Kansas Health System Poison Control Center immediately. Save a piece of the mushroom if you can.
Do not wait for symptoms before you call. Symptoms may not develop for several days.
Prevent Mushroom Poisoning
To keep your family safe, follow these simple guidelines:
- Check your yard frequently and remove any mushrooms.
- Teach children that wild mushrooms may be poisonous.
- Do NOT pick and eat wild mushrooms.