Allergic reactions

Jane McGary
Thu, 22 Jan 2004 21:25:36 PST
>John Bryan wrote:
> >Has anyone had any other
> >allergic reactions from handling any other genera? Cheers, John E. Bryan

Unlike Roy Sachs, I have no experience with Alstroemeria reactions, but I 
don't get poison oak either! However, I do wear latex gloves when handling 
a lot of Colchicum foliage or bulbs, since these are known to be very 
toxic. Narcissus sap causes a skin reaction in some people, I believe.

One plant that has caused me problems is Helleborus -- I got dermatitis 
from cleaning a lot of seed one year and now wear latex gloves for the purpose.

Arisaema fruits are known to be irritant and should be handled with care. 
This is probably true of a lot of aroids.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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