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Had an allergic reaction to something, I think.


 
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tippben
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:31 pm    Post subject: Had an allergic reaction to something, I think. Reply with quote

Cutting down a forest of Rosebay Willowherb, thistles, bindweed, vetch, cleavers, various grasses today. I was using a hedge trimmer, as the willowherb was way too tough to be strimming. My uncovered forearms quickly developed a brick red itchy rash, with small white swellings. It went away after rinsing under a hose. I couldn't see any obvious nasties like soapwort, euphorbia, or umbellifers. What could've caused this reaction?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could be just a reaction to sap in grasses/plants these things are difficult to answer. I once got destroyed with sap from Alexanders and thought it was Hogweed, Relief all round when I discovered it was Alexanders next time I check before launching into strimming jobs.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wasn't strimming. I was basically mowing the whole lot at ground level with a hedge trimmer, as it would've been quicker than a sickle, picking up the entire stems, and placing them in a wheelbarrow, wearing gloves. The skin contact was with entire stems falling on my arms as they fell over, not sap spray. Weird, it's never happened before, I'm tempted to think that is could've been the mature Rosebay Willowherb, as I only usually pick it when it's young. Never had a reaction from the other plants before.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I googled Rose bay willowherb to see if there was anything relating to a skin reaction and only found positive views on it, If you want to read the article its here.
http://www.mdidea.com/products/new/new09306.html
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have sometimes got a rash on my arms after cutting various things, including Leyllandii, which I trimmed with shears. It seems to happen with me more when the skin is hot and/or sweaty.
I suppose we should really be more careful whenever we are going to be exposed to plant juices. But what a drag! I don't even like to wear gloves unless I really have to, let alone long sleeves on a warm day.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tippben, I always remember listening to an interview with Beth Chatto who in later years had to cover her skin entirely and always wear gloves when gardening because she had eventually developed severe dermatitis from years of contact with all sorts of plants. She was making the point that even seemingly benign plants are full of very complex substances and we should learn to respect them.
Incidentally, folks, a friend of mine recently had a severe respiratory reaction, supposedly to euphorbias....though I couldn't understand whether this was due to pollen or seeds....? She was on steroids for a week. I'm wary of all euphorbias and am amazed how many people don't realise those cheery Christmas poinsettias are part of that family.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've had the same reaction as Good guy when trimming leylandii, down to the experience that it's worse when you're sweaty.
my wife had a short lived rash after cutting back some delphiniums recently, but she was also tying up some verbena which had flopped badly, and the stems on that are a big rough so may have caused it too.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Myself, I always gloves in the garden. They're the ones that look like sandpaper on the outside. I find them brill.
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