Is Pencil Cactus, Sticks-On-Fire, Finger Plant, Milk Bush, Indian Tree Spurge Toxic And What Is The

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Hello, I was just in Florida at my Aunts house and she wanted it cut down. She did warn me not get it my eyes so i used a pair of safety glasses. I do have sensitive skin, so any way working with saw cutting it down i got a lot of the liquid on my left arm. It has blistered it pretty bad on the inside, this happened on Friday. My question is should i seek a Dr. or just keep treating as i am at home which is improving but very slow.


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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Scotty-Gardenality does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatments. You should never use any information from Gardenality to diagnose or treat any medical problem.

This answer is my personal opinion only as I have had some practical experience with pruning this plant (Euphorbia tirucallii) and other Euphorbias. The latex from this plant can be extremely toxic if ingested or enters the eyes. I would always seek immediate medical attention if this was to happen. The severity of irritation, inflamation, and pain on the skin depends on how each individuals skin reacts to it. I have had some of the milky substance on my skin fortunately producing only some small spot redness with no pain that was gone in a day or so. In my opinion anyone experiencing more than a small amount of redness or irritation that doesn't disappear in a day or so such as a rash or blistering should seek a doctors advice. I personally would want to know if there was something I could do to help the healing and keep from having any later appearance of damage to my skin.

Hope this has helped.

John)



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