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post #1 of 16
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My neighbour offered to take me round her garden and give me some roots and cuttings of some of her plants as I am getting to the stage of thinking about planting at least something in part of my garden and she wanted to thin things out. We were forking up a shrub (cotoneaster for the horticulturally minded) and she said to me to grasp it from the other side and pull gently. I did so, but couldn't see what I was holding and there was a large nettle right by the plant, which I had firmly in my grip! My hand really hurts now - the nettle got me on the palm and every finger, and it is very swollen. I have tried all the usual remedies, including dock leaves and have taken some antihistamine, but I guess it was just too much. At least I have a whole wheelbarrow of good things to plant tomorrow.
post #2 of 16
Oh Jenny...that sounds painful I hope the pain goes away soon.
post #3 of 16
oooo, nettle stings are awful years ago we used to use calamine (sp?) lotion, that seemed to do the trick, but not so sure if its still on sale ?

Hope it goes soon !
post #4 of 16
we use calamine loction for a lot of things including nettle stings. we also use something called pryitin ( not spelt right sorry) thats for reactions of things.
post #5 of 16
Ouch, nettles taste great but really hurt. I'll always remember my mom's aunt, whose palms were so hardened she could just pull nettles off the ground without feeling a thing.
post #6 of 16
Ouuch Jenny...........I hope it feels better soon for you!
post #7 of 16
Ouch! Yes, nettles hurt. Have you tried soaking your hand in witch hazel?
post #8 of 16
I've got an experience with nettles It involves being out in the country with no bathrooms for miles........nuff said
post #9 of 16
You know, I have only ever read about nettles in books. Do we have them in the USA?
post #10 of 16
OOOOOOOO, Jenny! Hope the pain subsides soon.
post #11 of 16
Oooooh, Ouch Jenny! I hope you get some releif soon
post #12 of 16
Do you have any mullein leaves to rub on them?? I think rubbing makes it worse though. I have a big patch of them growing by my compost bins-I leave them though as they are a good nectar source for butterflies. (Yes they grow in US)
Have fun planting (wear gloves!!)
post #13 of 16
Oh gosh I know that stings bad, hope it gets better quick Jenny
post #14 of 16
Yes, we have nettles in the US
I used to be immune to them as a kid, so much running around playing, my bare legs probably brushed against every nettle in the area
I remember getting whacked across the face with one though, OW.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by jennyranson View Post
My neighbour offered to take me round her garden and give me some roots and cuttings of some of her plants as I am getting to the stage of thinking about planting at least something in part of my garden and she wanted to thin things out. We were forking up a shrub (cotoneaster for the horticulturally minded) and she said to me to grasp it from the other side and pull gently. I did so, but couldn't see what I was holding and there was a large nettle right by the plant, which I had firmly in my grip! My hand really hurts now - the nettle got me on the palm and every finger, and it is very swollen. I have tried all the usual remedies, including dock leaves and have taken some antihistamine, but I guess it was just too much. At least I have a whole wheelbarrow of good things to plant tomorrow.
Awww....I know how you feel. I walked into one with pants on and I could feel it through my pants. It hurt like heck. I could imagine how much more it would hurt against bare skin. Hope it heals soon.
post #16 of 16
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It feels much better this morning. But I can't do my planting today as we have two inches of snow.
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