I pulled up my elephant ear bulb and in the process my outer parts of my...

Asked December 2, 2014, 4:29 PM EST

I pulled up my elephant ear bulb and in the process my outer parts of my hands started burning and itching. The next day i had red bumps up and down my arms, wrist and hands that itch terribly. Its been days and i still have them.

Little River County Arkansas human health allergen horticulture

1 Response

Fire ants are present in the area and your description of the response sounds more like fire ant stings and the resulting bumps and itching. However, Elephant ears can cause an allergic reaction, and your body may have responded to the allergen with the bumps and itching. The following link is to a discussion on allergens and various plants http://www.lni.wa.gov/safety/research/dermatitis/files/phytoderm.pdf