Contact Dermatitis: Plants That Cause a Rash

Contact dermatitis can be caused by ivy and other plants which people try to avoid. However some garden plants can also cause itchy rashes.

Contact dermatitis is a rash or inflammation brought about when the skin comes in contact with materials outside of the body. Contact dermatitis can be caused by some garden plants. Contact dermatitis due to plants is irritation, redness, itching or a rash caused by brief or prolonged contact with a particular plant.

Contact Dermatitis- Image via Wikipedia

Rash on Skin: The Trumpet Vine

The trumpet vine is a popular garden plant with a dubious reputation. The trumpet vine does not bear fruit, unlike the strawberry plant and the pomegranate tree. However, the trumpet vine does bear lovely blooms, which are known to attract hummingbirds. The trumpet vine has red, orange and yellow blooms.

This flowering creeper vine is a high maintenance plant, however. If a gardener allows the trumpet vine to climb another tree, it will strangle the tree.

Some gardeners don’t like the trumpet vine because of the work involved in keeping it under control.

The trumpet vine is also disliked for another reason, in many countries, it is known as cow-itch. Gardeners can get an itchy rash just from touching the leaves. For some persons, this rash is more intense.


Dog with Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Outdoor Plant-Image via Wikipedia

How to Treat Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis only affects some gardeners who work with plants that have a reputation for causing irritation. Some persons have worked with these plants and not noticed any of the effects of contact dermatitis. Persons who know they will have a negative reaction to the plant can take precautions to eliminate or reduce the harmful effects of working with plants that can cause an itchy rash, mild itching, swelling or redness.

Contact dermatitis can be avoided by wearing long sleeves and gloves when working with plants that cause skin irritation. Creams containing witch hazel or aloe vera can be used to treat allergic contact dermatitis. Hydrocortisone cream can also be used to treat allergic contact dermatitis. A cold compress made from milk also helps to relieve the discomfort caused by an itchy rash.

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  1. Sharifa, good article, I suffer from dermititis and I didn’t realize that these plants could contribute to it.

  2. excellent write, Sharifa. Sometimes I have rashes here and there, but don’t know the terms used.
    Great information here to take note.

  3. Nice topic. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Glad the plant doesnt grow anywhere near here. Thanks for the info.

  5. Goodness..just the name alone..once infected you really have to CONTACT a dermatitis right away :)

    Thanks for an informative share my friend:)

  6. Really a quality post with very important information on the topic of plants that contribute to the awful conditions of dermatitis.

  7. Nice Share.


  8. Good article, Shrifa. Great information here to take note.

  9. Informative

  10. This is interesting. I would be curious to find out why some have a problem and others don’t. I haven’t had a problem with plants for a long time.

    But when I friend of mine came back from Trinidad and gave me a fresh cashew and I started to eat it my lip started to swell. I heard eating them raw can cause health problems. It was a problem for me. I can eat cooked cashews with no problems at all.

  11. This is new information for me.

  12. Very useful information about Contact Dermetitis.

  13. Useful information. Well researched and written. I now understand why many gardeners wear long sleeves and gloves under the strong sunlight.

  14. Sometimes I get paranoid when I come in contact with plants that I’m not so familiar with, as my skin has the tendency to react negatively right away. This is really helpful. :-)

  15. Now, this is really something to think about. That dog scared me.

  16. great info

  17. Very useful information.

  18. Oh my,I didn’t know we can also get some skin irritations from plants! This is very informative,thanks for sharing!

  19. Great info.

  20. They can Bigpapadan.

  21. Some foods can cause rashes too Star, but that’s for another day.

  22. This must be very harmful plants!

  23. Very informative share. We have in our place, A tall grass that if you get contact with its leaves , sure you will have rushes.

  24. Thanks for sharing

  25. Wonderful article written

  26. Great work… Thanks for sharing…

  27. thanks for Sharing

  28. I love the trumpet vine but don\’t let it touch you.

  29. Ouch!! I had rashes before usually when we do the gardening. Grasses make my skin itchy.

  30. Very Informative.

  31. I was shocked to see a person’s body with black spots till I realized it was actually belonged to a I have not seen a trumpet vine but it sounds dangerous enough for me.

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  33. You’re welcome Borhan.

  34. Hi Yovita.

  35. @ Nz, a man had to be rushed to hospital after he tried to cut down one of these plants.

  36. Thanks OhSugar.

  37. Thanks PSingh.

  38. Thanks Uiputra.

  39. Thanks V3

  40. Cooking the cashews must have a similar effect to cooking ackees.
    Sorry you had such a bad reaction to them 1Hopeful.

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