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Len Rome's Local Health: Doctors warn wild mushrooms can be deadly

After a couple of days, the damage to your liver has already begun

(WYTV) - You may have heard eating fresh is healthier. Some say farm-to-table is best but what about field-to-table?

Foraging for food may come at a risk. Certain mushrooms grown in the wild can be dangerous to eat.

Dr. Christina Lindenmeyer, from the Cleveland Clinic, said mushrooms can lead to death -- even if you don't eat an entire one.

"These mushrooms contain high levels of toxins and even up to just a half cap of the mushroom can be lethal for an adult human and, obviously, a much smaller amount for any child."

Wild mushrooms can bring on an upset stomach or vomiting -- symptoms may not show until a day later. After a couple of days, the damage to your liver has already begun.

Doctors said to keep a close eye on children and pets when they're playing outdoors so they don't put any wild mushrooms in their mouth.


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