Popular plant the cause of several traumatic injuries in recent years.
A new study has revealed at least 28 people have been stabbed in the ear by the yucca plant since 2012.
Doctors are warning people to be weary of the spiky plant after an increase in ear trauma cases, shares Daily Mail.
Professor Stephen O’Leary, one of the authors of the study, told Sydney Morning Herald the plant poses a legitimate threat, even if it sounds laughable.
‘You wouldn’t think that a little pointy leaf that goes into your ear could possibly cause serious injury [but] it’s more like a fencing sword; it’s narrow enough to get right down through the ear drum,’ Professor O’Leary said.
While Professor O’Leary couldn’t say exactly how people were being injured by the plant, he guessed in an attempt to shield their eyes while moving the plant, patients have exposed their ears.
‘You might want to think about giving it a bit of a haircut – and just think about where those spiky little fronds are pointing,’ Professor O’Leary said.
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