AGrass Cuts on Skin

AGrass Cuts on Skin

Grass Cuts on Skin

Sharp-edged or pointed leaves. Plants such as agave or yucca have needle-sharp leaves, and getting too close can leave you with a cut or skin abrasion. Some decorative plants such as pampas grass look soft, but actually have razor-sharp edges that can easily slice skin. And holly plants, while pretty to look at, can deliver a sharp poke if you touch their leaves.


Barely visible irritant fibers. Home gardeners may be surprised to find out that tulip bulbs can cause skin abrasions. "Because these fibers are so small, you don't think of tulips as being dangerous in any way," Katta says. But people who frequently handle tulips bulbs can get a condition called "tulip fingers," caused by a combination of the irritating fibers and a certain chemical in the bulb.The itching is probably due to the drying of dust and sweat on the skin, but the welts may have several causes. Your child(ren) may be allergic to the grass. Some species of grass (Bermuda grass in particular) can produce allergic reactions that can be serious in sensitive persons. There are also a number of bugs and mites present in grass that could produce a reaction. Grass mites, itch mites, clover mites, hay or straw mites all normally feed on plant material. However, if they get on your body, they often enter hair follicles and attempt to feed. The mites usually die because humans are not a satisfactory food source, but the dead body and the initial bite introduces a foreign protein to the skin, which causes the body to produce the red welt and the itching. If you have pets, there may be fleas in the lawn, which will feed on any warm-blooded animal that becomes available. Chinch bugs, false chinch bugs, lygus bugs, and other true bugs have hypodermic needle mouthparts and will often attempt to feed on people given the chance. Their bites can cause red welts. There are many anti-itch lotions available at your drugstore. I would suggest a good wash with soap before lotions are applied. A home remedy that works for some persons is to make a paste with baking soda, apply bits of this paste to the welt and hold it in place with a band aid. The alkali of the baking soda helps to neutralize the acid that is present in most insect bites, thus helping speed the healing process.

New studies have found that the signals that cause your brain to create the itch are caused by a complicated chain reaction of events. The receptors on your skin send a signal, then that signal goes to a set of nerve cells deep in your body. It is those specialized nerve cells that control your itching. What this means is it might not be that useful to treat the place that is itchy because that itch is controlled far from that area. Grass has razor sharp edges and tiny bristles called trichomes, and some grasses have microscopic shards of silicon called phytoliths that can cut our skin and cause itching as we sweat. Allergies combined with some grasses also secreting an itchy fluid, mean grass can make us itch in many ways. (Source: takeayard.com)



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