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Irritant Plant Rashes
Irritant plants may cause a local irritation or rash where they come into contact with the skin. Unlike poison ivy, oak, or sumac, you do not have to be allergic to the plant to develop a rash. Irritant plants include:
- Flower bulbs, such as hyacinth or daffodil bulbs or tulip bulb sheaths. These can cause a reaction called daffodil itch or tulip fingers. Tulips can cause either an irritant reaction or an allergic reaction.
- Roses, rose hips, and dahlias.
- Stinging nettle and spurge nettle.
- Herbs such as comfrey, borage, barberry, tansy, yarrow, garlic, and hot peppers.
- Plants from the bromeliad family, such as pineapple and Spanish moss.
- Cacti and sharp grasses.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||August 30, 2011|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 30, 2011|
|Medical Review:||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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