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The evil mango


Urushiol is the oil that causes poison ivy and poison oak rashes and itching. It is also present in the mango tree, which is a relative of the poison ivy family.

During my usual recreational lumberjacking on my vacation, I cut down a large mango tree. I had minimal contact with the pieces of the tree, but nevertheless, the few places it touched on my body now exhibit a nasty reaction. It has been more than two weeks, and it is still itching.

I wish a blight would strike the mango trees, the way there are so many other blights in the jungle.


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