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I learned the hard way. Take it from me! Be very careful when trimming any Agave plant.
A few week’s ago I decided to trim one of our Agave plants. I hooked up my weed trimmer “chain saw” attachment with its long pole and began to slice off the leaves one at a time. The saw cut through the leaves like cutting through butter. I was in shorts and as I cut the leaves the chain was throwing the sap and pulp at my legs. Within seconds my legs were burning like they were on “FIRE”! I say this with no exaggeration. I was in agony with the intense burning pain. I ran for the water hose quickly spraying my legs with water from the hose, full hard stream to wash off the pulp. Then I ran to my aloe plant and smashed two huge leaves onto my legs, that did nothing to relieve the pain. My wife handed me a bottle of liquid benadryl and I rubbed that all over my legs and again nothing, the pain was so excruciating so hot and painful I was ready to hit the road to the Hospital. For 30 minutes or so all I could do was say OMG over and over about 100 times. I ran back outside and washed my legs one more time, then took two benadryl pills my wife uses for her allergies. Soon after I took the pill’s the pain began to subside (I’m not sure it was the benadryl that helped or not). Funny thing is my legs didn’t look that bad at all. My wife looked at me and said I don’t see anything wrong. I agreed, but said they sure don’t feel like they look.
After an almost sleepless night the next day when I did wake up I looked at my legs and oh my! My legs broke out like I had poison ivy or poison oak. The itching lasted well over a week. 18 day’s later and my leg are almost totally healed now. I posted this information to warn people that the Agave pants sap and pulp can cause severe injury and pain to a person.
Thank for reading my post.
St Augustine, FL
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