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Name: seaecho
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seaecho
Oct 7, 2014 6:50 PM CST
That's a good sign! Since the reaction can get worse with each exposure, be sure to wear well-protecting gloves to be SURE you don't let the sap touch your skin again! Otherwise, your allergies don't seem to be especially dangerous. Just use caution, and you should be fine. Better yet, have someone else make the cuts in the plants!
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 8, 2014 10:26 AM CST
TYVM! Much appreciated. I get the assumption that hardly anybody is allergic to the sap of most house plants (a theory supported by the fact that there would be more info out there about it if it was common, like the glut of info about latex in Euphorbias in particular.) And that this assumption is probably behind the suggestion of having someone else do it, but on the off chance that they also happen to get a reaction, I wouldn't ask anyone to do that. Made me LOL tho!
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Stush2019
Oct 9, 2014 10:55 AM CST
Tiffany
I too got some kind of rash after cleaning up a pile of overgrown plants and weeds in my yard. As soon as I saw the raised rash, I used 'Head n Shoulders' shampoo and it took about 1/2 hour but the itch was gone and the rash is receding. I always keep some H&S shampoo handy for this.
Also I just read that natives once ate Huernia plants to keep from starvation and it's nick name was starvation plant. I would have not eaten for at least at year before I would try something like that. I never heard any thing about it being toxic. Same with Stapelia.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 9, 2014 12:26 PM CST
TY, Stush. Stapelia has latex, as does Huernia. Many edible plants (plants with edible parts, or parts that can be processed to be edible,) have latex in them, like sweet potatoes, figs, papaya, cashew.

Hope your rash continues to recede!

Some of the list I pasted are toxic by contact with sap, some by ingestion, some via both. Not everyone has the same sensitivities.
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Stush2019
Oct 11, 2014 11:23 AM CST
Trouble with old stories is that they can't be backed up. I have heard most plants that are boiled and water removed and boiled again become somewhat edible. Like you said boiling out the toxic sap. But who can eat crap like that? I hope I never have to find out.

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