terrible rash - unknown plant
by Joanna D'Ordine
I visited a friends garden and brushed up against a plant and my arm immediately broke out into a rash. It had multiple bumps and it has been 6 days and my arm is swollen and seems to be spreading. It itches and burns.
Can you identify this plant? I believe it's the culprit. I live in west central Florida. I've uploaded a picture of the plant and the rash. Please help me identify this plant and maybe a remedy for my discomfort.
Drought Smart Plants reply:
Hi Joanne, if you haven't sought medical attention for this, please do so now. This type of rash is normally receding in a couple of days of exposure to whatever type of plant (or other allergen) so if it's still giving you problems it won't go away by itself and can also set you up for more allergic reactions to even common plants.
I'm sorry I'm not familiar with the plant at all, so I can't tell you what it is.
For short term relief, cool water baths and an anti-histamine like Benedryl might help, but I'm not a doctor, so please seek the proper information.