Fig Allergy Rash Causes: Treatment for Fig Allergies Syndrome

Fresh or dried figs can cause allergic reactions when it comes in contact with the skin for several hours. There are patients that have experience allergic reactions just by touching fresh fig.

Causes Of Fig Allergies Rash

  • Fig allergy rash may come from contact with the latex of unripe fig fruits which is usually made into a powder to be used for making meat tender, clarifying beverages, and rendering fat. Rash will appear as a result of irritation which has been a big problem for fig harvesters.
  • The rash that can appear when a patient comes in contact with the latex of unripe fig fruits can be accompanied by inflammation, burning sensations, and redness.
  • It has been studied that the leaf and root sap of a fig tree cause more allergic reaction and rashes than the unripe fruit and other parts of the tree.
  • Psoralen and bergapten which are abundant in leaf and root saps of fig trees are considered to be the primary cause of the allergic reactions and the appearance of rashes.
  • Seasons can also affect the prevalence of allergic reactions to figs. Summer and spring seasons provide a much higher concentration of psoralen and bergapten in the fig tree which means that it can cause more allergic reactions during this time.
  • Besides rashes, phytophotodermatitis can also develop when a patient comes into contact with psoralen that is present in fig trees. This condition is characterized by hyperpigmentation, sunburns, and blisters. There also had been cases of anaphylaxis.
  • Tests have shown that the main allergens that cause rashes when a fig fruit is ingested come from the skin and not the pulp.
  • Different parts of the fig tree have different kinds of allergens which can cause several symptoms to appear and one of the most common ones are rashes.

Fig Allergy Syndrome Treatment

  • Patients should avoid eating the fruit or byproducts of the fig tree along with coming in contact with its leaves and roots. This is to stop the allergy from aggravating.
  • Antihistamines can be administered. These will manage the symptoms brought about by the allergic reaction by blocking the immune pathway.
  • Epinephrine can be injected when patients will experience anaphylactic shocks due to the allergic reactions.
  • Allergy immunotherapy had been considered to help in curing allergic reactions to the fruit or skin of the fruit of a fig tree and its other parts.
  • There are also herbs that can help manage rash-like symptoms. Grape seed extracts which can be found in red wine has been proven to control any kind of mild allergic reactions including rashes that are brought about by reactions to different parts of the fig tree.


  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
    • 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
  6. Gary C said:

    I was wondering why my skin had developed blisters looking like tiny burns when I hadn’t come into contact with anything hot. Now I realize it must have come from the fig tree pruning at the weekend. I’ll try the honey and olive oil remedies recommended.

    August 30, 2017
  7. MG said:

    I have a large fig tree that was hit by lightning and spread along the ground. It produces delicious fruits in abundance. I harvest, wash and give out to friends. It gives me pleasure to do that. And yes I put on gloves and long sleeves and band aids on my thumbs to stop them from bleeding. My dog also has rash around this time every year. It also might be from the fig tree allergy. This season the rash is very severe for both of us. After this season I am going to cut the tree or remove it.

    July 4, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Fig allergy can produce rash. If the rash is itching and burning, applying aloe vera gel may be useful. You can also consult your doctor for antihistamine medicine. Avoid further exposure to fig tree if that is the cause.

      July 27, 2018

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