I love gardening and have been known to have more plants than I can keep track of. But sometimes I get a rash on my skin that comes from handling certain plants in my garden. Is there anything I can do to stop this from happening?
Can rashes from plants spread?
Plant rashes can be transferred to other people, plants and animals. Rashes from plants can also be transferred between the person who touched the plant in question and another person. If you touch a toxic plant, you should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water as soon as possible. If a rash develops, see your doctor for proper diagnosis of your rash’s cause and treatment recommendations.
If you think that someone may have come in contact with a poisonous plant or is experiencing symptoms of poisoning from one, call 911 immediately for emergency medical care.
What garden plants cause skin irritation?
Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are most likely to cause a skin rash. The plants’ leaves, stems and roots can produce an oil called urushiol that causes an allergic reaction. This is why it’s important to know if you’re allergic to these plants before touching them or picking flowers from them. If you do touch any part of the plant and develop a rash, seek medical attention immediately because it can be very serious if left untreated, Visit Now to more in detail.
One way to reduce your risk of developing a skin reaction when gardening is by wearing long sleeves and pants when working outdoors, as well as gloves made out of cotton or another natural fiber material (not synthetic).
What do plant rashes look like?
Your rash can look different depending on the type of plant you touch and how sensitive your skin is. A typical reaction will be red and itchy, with small bumps or blisters that may appear within minutes or hours after contact. The rash can be a single spot or multiple spots, circular or irregular in shape, and anywhere on your body. If it’s hard to tell if your rash is a plant allergy versus an allergic reaction to something else like poison ivy/oak/sumac (which tend to appear as similar clusters of blisters), see your doctor for help identifying what caused it!
What gets rid of a rash overnight?
You can treat a rash caused by plants overnight with one of the following methods:
- Soak in a bath with oatmeal, baking soda or Epsom salts. Mix 1 cup of oatmeal or 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the water and soak for at least 20 minutes. You can also add two cups of Epsom salts to your bathwater, which will help soothe your skin.
- Apply a paste made from baking soda and water directly onto the rash. If you feel like this is too much work, you can also just use straight up baking soda on its own as an overnight treatment option!
It is important to remember that rashes from plants are common and easy to treat. If you have a rash from plants, it is best to see your doctor for treatment. You can also talk with them about how long the rash will last and if there are any other treatments available for your condition.