Rash from pruning holly?
Posted 03 April 2006 - 07:31 PM
One response I received was, "I thought you can't cut holly. Doesn't it cause a rash or it's poisonous or something lik that?"
Hmmm. My sources don't mention holly a a skin irritant. They do warn against eating the fruit, although those warnings are on the mild side, such as:
"The fruit is poisonous. The leaves are non-toxic and, in many species, are brewed for their content of caffeine (or other xanthines... Poisoning causes nausea and multiple episodes of vomiting with occasional diarrhea.... Conservative management is adequate for gastroenteritis and includes administration of fluids to prevent dehydration in young children." (AMA Guide to Poisonous and Injurious Plants)
I have certainly scratched myself on holly but not heard of rashes.
Can you comment - have you or do you have firsthand knowledge of anyone who has developed a rash from contact with holly?
Posted 07 April 2006 - 10:17 AM
Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:18 AM
Posted 10 April 2006 - 12:40 PM
Flush the skin with cool water immediately after coming into contact with rue, and keep that skin covered from sun, and you may escape the rash.
Gas plant (Dictamnus albus) is another plant with leaf oil that can cause the same problem. The sap of Myrtle euphorbia (Euphorbia myrsinites) works the same way.