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nutcutlet

Yesterday I attacked this enormous bamboo, several foot across, 10-12foot tall.

to this

and this

leaving only this 

and this in patches on my hands and forearms, little blisters and a lot of red

I want to know  which plant caused it. There was the bamboo, Eleagnus ebbingei, a bit of a lonicera and the usual stinging nettles and goosegrass which have never done this to me.

Any ideas? I have no giant hogweed and there were no other umbellifers involved and no euphorbias

Fishy65

I've googled these and while eleagnus ebbingei comes up with nothing regarding rash/itching etc.,bamboo and lonicera can affect people if they have an allergy to them. I'm assuming you've never had an allergy before nut, but could you have developed one? I never used to be affected by pollen but now have to take antihistamines daily to prevent nasal polyps. 

fidgetbones

Dunno. I currently look like I've been self harming with a razor blade. It was the brambles in the buddleja fighting back when I put it through the shredder.

Have you got tiny splinters in the middle of each blister?

Alternately could there have been some sort of biting insect among the shrubbery.?

nutcutlet

I don't do allergies as a rule Fishy. I don't think it's an allergy though, more like the direct effect of something on the skin, like euphorbias etc. 

I can't see anything in the blisters fidget and it's rather spread about, it would be several bites, but I did stir up a lot of insects.

Self harming, I reckon that's it. My arms are well lacerated aside from this, and the little bumps of stinging nettles

It will get shoved through the shredder tomorrow, I'll see what that does

plant pauper

I gave you my advice this morning and you've clearly ignored it! That on your hand right there is retribution! 

Joking aside, it may be that you had a slight reaction to the bamboo but because of the volume of it, it has gone all nasty. You've overdosed on bambooy nastiness. 

Your next task is to take care of those blisters and ensure they don't become infected and horse some anti-histamines down your neck and a good smear of Anthisan. If you feel at all chesty or wheezy be off with you to A&E toot sweet!!!!

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nutcutlet

Thanks PP, there was, and still is, a huge volume of bamboo. I haven't got concerns about this, more an interest in what was responsible. Last time I had anything vaguely similar I knew it was a euphorbia what dunnit.

Hmm I have seen the rash/ blisters before  and it looks like a form of Contact  Dermatitis thru contact..with what ever you have been handling.. You could try an Antihistamine cream initially though I would show the rash to your local pharmasist and they may well suggest a 1% Hydrocortisone cream which you can buy over the counter...

I get a similar thing on my hands if I garden without gloves, it itches like hell and takes a couple of days to calm down.  Also allergies can be aquired and it very common in the 50 plus age group when they start to show up...  Trust me I'ma Nurse really...   Cover up and use gloves before you put the debris through the shredder ok.. All the best..

nutcutlet

Thanks BLT, shredding without full cover-up is a big no.

Been in the same trade, 15 years as a practice nurse. but it all seems a long time ago now.

I think it's already subsiding a bit, I expect I'll survive this one.

Thanks for all concerns expressed folks, I'm made of tough stuff

plant pauper

Welding Onesie! 

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nutcutlet says:

Thanks BLT, shredding without full cover-up is a big no.

Been in the same trade, 15 years as a practice nurse. but it all seems a long time ago now.

I think it's already subsiding a bit, I expect I'll survive this one.

Thanks for all concerns expressed folks, I'm made of tough stuff

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 Well  I clocked up 26 years and did Practice nursing and Community Midwifery too... I am glad to be out of it too now, I knew ya got the 'Self Harm'bit from somewhere, we did used to see some sights didn't we..

Green Magpie

I often n get a red itchy rash on my forearms after gardening. It isn't as virulent as yours, but the thing that helps me is to splash some witch hazel all.over the affected part. It may sting for a few moments, and then  it soothes the sore skin very quickly.

nutcutlet

We have seen sights indeed BLT.

I don't miss it, give me a garden any day

I often get a red rash after gardening the same as Green Magpie. What works for me is Aloe Vera gel rubbed over the affected areas after washing in cool water.

nutcutlet

Thanks folks. It's improved over night but it stll needs shredding so I'll see what happens next.

Some good remedies, thank you

fidgetbones

I look at the well manicured hands on some of the telly  gardening presenters, and think..

They've not seen much action in the garden. No badges of honour. Or maybe they all have nettle free brambles free and rose free gardens. Hmmm.

I figure so long as my tetanus jab is up to date, I'll be ok. 

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nutcutlet

That's the way to look at it Fidget. I can't be worrying about it.

Even without the current damages my hands couldn't be described as well manicured.

Dovefromabove
fidgetbones says:

I look at the well manicured hands on some of the telly  gardening presenters, and think..

They've not seen much action in the garden. No badges of honour. Or maybe they all have nettle free brambles free and rose free gardens. Hmmm.

I figure so long as my tetanus jab is up to date, I'll be ok. 

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 Nah, they're so busy being on tv/writing articles/giving talks that the Undergardeners are the ones with the badges of honour 

Hope it's better soon Nut - I'd best pack some Aloe Vera gel on Thursday just in case ...

nutcutlet

Thanks Dove, better already

Gardening is an ongoing process isn't it aym. Before you can blink something has become huge and swamping everything. That bamboo was poking out of the top of the eleagnus next to it and through the grass path. Now I can ignore it for another 10 years The mower will deal with the grass invaders

Obelixx

NUt - having been problem free for years, I have recently developed an allergic reaction to goose grass and now have to wear gloves to deal with it and sleeves and long trousers and boots when wading in to fish it out of shrubs and tall perennials.   Otherwise my skin goes sore and red with a nasty rash.

Don't have any bamboo and a freak -32C killed off my eleagnus in 2009 so can't help with those.

Kitty 2

Ouch! That looks sore nut. Get well soon and keep an eye out for more prickles while you're shredding 🌵.

I hate using gardening gloves. 

My diy manicure consists of a good scrub with an old wooden nailbrush in hot soapy water, a generous slather of hand cream and in severe cases of ingrained muck, a splash of dark nail polish covers up a multitude of stains.