Beware of Figs

jclanton(SC)July 22, 2013

Hope the following is a warning to help someone avoid what I went through. Last week, on a sunny day I mowed some property of my wife's family and the leaves of a fig tree brushed against my neck as I was cutting around it.

A little while later, I felt a funny prickly feeling on my neck but didn't think much about it. Twenty four hours later I had welts all over my neck that itched, kept me from sleeping, and about drove me crazy.

After 4 days of Benedryl and Cortisone it's starting to fade away. Turns out that for some people and I am evidently one of the 'lucky' ones, exposure to the leaves or sap of fig trees can cause an allergic reaction especially when followed by exposure to sunlight. There are lots of really horrible stories and pictures online of what others have gone through.

Never did like figs or fig preserves. Now, I don't like the trees either.

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aquadragonfly(7b NC)

OH NO, I had heard that before I have never been close enough to one to find out. BUT I am allergic to everything else and probably them too.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 12:21AM
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trianglejohn

People with this sensitivity are often allergic to latex - which is found in the sap of a lot of plants but well known to be in all members of the fig family.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 10:46AM
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jclanton(SC)

My daughter does have the latex allergy issue, but I never have had a problem.

Interestingly enough mangoes which I love evidently can also cause a big problem with people sensitive to poison ivy which I am very sensitive to. Evidently just peeling the fruit is enough to cause some people problems. The fruit itself is not a problem.

I had planned to put one in the greenhouse. Not now.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 11:32AM
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