Inhaling burning poison oak can cause an incredible variety of nastiness.
First, there is a chance of getting a body wide poison oak rash.
Second, your lungs can basically get the same sort of problem as your skin which can cause swelling, weeping, and serious irritation.
Third, some folks will get true anaphylaxis and can die for this.\
Fourth, a form of induce pneumonia is possible.
In addition the urshiol (spelling?) which is the oil that causes the reaction in most people can become airborne in the smoke and ash. This ash will settle and can then cause the same sort of reaction as if rubbing up on the plant. It can also therefore get in the eyes.
Fifth, throat and wind pipe can become involved - inflamation and in some cases restriction of airflow can occur.
There are more things as well but you get the idea.
People do die form this from time to time.
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Last edited by CGofMP; 03-17-2005 at 12:59 AM.