Agave or (Century Plant) !!! Warnings !!!! Please read this!

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Blog entry by Tony posted 06-22-2014 07:46 AM 12683 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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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posted 06-22-2014 08:42 AM

Wow, Tony.

I would have NEVER known. But then again, us Northerners don’t have much knowledge with Agave. When I was reading this, I was thinking in my mind (aren’t you supposed to put agave on sunburns?) But that is aloe. (DUH!)
So glad things are OK now. It looks like it was VERY painful.

So, what will you do differently, the next time you have to trim.

Take care,

-- Kindman in Rhode Island

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posted 06-22-2014 11:51 AM

Hi Kindman,
Funny thing is they make Tequila with the Agave plant. I guess the process somehow works to get rid of the poison part. You won’t see me drinking that suff! LOL!
I’ll be using my long pants and long sleeves next time I tackle our attack plants…. seriously!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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posted 06-24-2014 05:07 AM

Wow, that does look painfull .

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posted 06-28-2014 09:30 PM

Yikes! That looks like it must have really hurt. I am glad you are feeling better.

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posted 06-29-2014 04:55 AM

Thank you everyone,

I’m just about completely healed. I only have two little scabs near my ankle. The itching lasted a ling time during the healing possess, benadryl helped me with that part.

Before the blistering started My daughter (a smart cookie) suggested using duck tape. Put it on and rip it off several times like you would wax hair off you skin. She said the calcium oxalate is what you need to try to get off your skin and taping will help remove some of it. I did what she said and I believe it helped me heal faster.

I never felt a pain such as the one that this Agave plant inflicted upon me. It was a hot burning stinging pain. I can only say it felt like fire on my skin. Well I learned a big lesson here and the next time I’ll have long sleeves and long pants on and make sure I go about trimming this plant very carefully. :)


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