Although gardening is an enjoyable activity for many, it can take a turn for the worse if you injure yourself or have an allergic reaction.
To prevent skin problems from gardening or yardwork, follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists:
- Cover up. Touching certain plants can cause an allergic skin reaction, so the best way to protect yourself is to cover your skin.
- Use sunscreen. To reduce the risk of sun damage, apply sunscreen to all uncovered skin.
- Avoid gardening when the sun is strongest. Stay inside or remain in the shade between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Prevent bug bites. Using insect repellant and checking your skin for ticks can protect you from many bug-related injuries or illnesses.
- Read labels on gardening products before using them. Pest control products, plant foods, and fertilizers can cause rashes or burns if handled incorrectly.
- Avoid touching your face while gardening. Keep a clean washcloth nearby for wiping away sweat if needed.
- Treat wounds right away. Even minor cuts can become infected, so it’s important to clean them as soon as possible.
- Skip foods and drinks that contain citrus. When citrus juice gets on your skin, it can react with sunlight and cause a blistering rash or painful swelling.
- Shower and change into clean clothes when you finish gardening. This helps protect your skin from sap, pollen, and other plant residue.
If you have an injury or reaction that doesn’t improve with home treatment, contact our office at (310) 626-4631 and schedule a consultation with your dermatologist.
Adapted from AAD.org