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  1. Greko said:

    If you came in contact with a fig tree and have a rash act quick because the rash will stay for about 3 to 10 days depending on the exposure. In spring and summer time the fig tree creates that white latex which has 2 bad components of acid and “burns” the skin but it is not like sunburn.

    If you have made a contact with fig tree latex then you need to wash the area that made the contact, fast and good. See a doctor and he may probably prescribe you antibiotic and antistamins of some kind. Do keep the infected area clean.

    Drink a lot of water and healthy diet, green tea with honey, fruits, carrots and coconut may help you.

    April 2, 2016
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  2. Joann said:

    I was tying up a young fig ‘bush’ that had died back over the winter with bare arms, gathering together and wrapping around the sprouts. Within about 10 minutes my arms began to itch like crazy.

    I immediately scrubbed the area with soap, rinsed with cold water and took 75mg benadryl. Until the drug took effect, cold water gave some relief. I will now wear long sleeves and gloves.

    July 16, 2016
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  3. Rob said:

    I was pruning a tree next to our large fig tree with no shirt on, and backed into the fig tree a couple of times. I noted the leaves felt rough and little itchy when they made contact, but no other effects. However, I spent much of the day in our pool and now have about a dozen patches of burned and blistered areas scattered across my back and arm. They feel like patches of sunburn. Classic symptoms of the phytophotodermatitis described above.

    August 9, 2016
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  4. Deborah said:

    I was trimming back a fig tree in a T-shirt and gardening gloves. After 5 minutes, my arms started itching like crazy. I ran into the house, washed my arms down with cold water for about a minute, scratched like crazy, slathered on coconut oil, took 2 OTC allergy pills, slathered on natural eczema cream, and finally exhaled.

    It took about 10 minutes, but my arms calmed down with just a few red spots left. Putting on a long-sleeved jacket and gloves and returning to the scene of the crime to pick up the pruned branches.

    June 24, 2017
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  5. Maria said:

    Some time after cutting off suckers at the base of our fig tree, I noticed an itchy rash on the inside of my forearm and elbow. It became red and puffy, then tiny blisters formed on the affected area with itching. Eventually (after several weeks) I read that simple olive oil can soothe the itching. I had tried all the usual remedies from the medicine cabinet and nothing had helped. Olive oil was brilliant, the relief from one dab of oil lasted all day.

    Further research reminded me of the efficacy of honey. When my son removed a chunk of flesh from his calf in a motorcycle accident, he was provided with pads covered with honey. His doctor told him this was the best way to prevent infection and encourage healing and new epidermal growth. It helped enormously. So I smeared the affected area of my arm with organic honey, and within two days the blistering and soreness had gone. I had struggled with this discomfort for about two months and I had the answer in my kitchen all the time and no side effects.

    July 4, 2017
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    • Jane said:

      I was picking figs and felt a leaf “cut” my forearm like a paper cut. I have experienced sensitivity before and was wearing gloves but not long sleeves. I have a large welt and blistering rash that, even after a week, I have had no relief. Thank you for the comment about both honey and olive oil. I will try each and perhaps get some sleep.

      August 22, 2017
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