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Old 05-19-2012, 01:09 AM   #1
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Hey All,

I've been growing hops for probably 3-4 years now & noticed that every time I touch the vines, I get a rash. Anyone else experience this? The prickly stems touch my skin & I have red welts on my skin. No big deal but just curious if anyone else experienced the same thing...

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Old 05-19-2012, 01:14 AM   #2
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Hey All,

I've been growing hops for probably 3-4 years now & noticed that every time I touch the vines, I get a rash. Anyone else experience this? The prickly stems touch my skin & I have red welts on my skin. No big deal but just curious if anyone else experienced the same thing...

JD
I touch my vines all the time and have never run into my rashes. Does it touch your arm or your hands? I only touch it with my hands and I know that the skin is tougher then the arms.
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Touches my hands & arms. Doesn't bother my hands but I get my arms all up in the vines to re-twine them down as they grow like crazy. I end up with red welts for the next few hours. Again, no big deal - just interesting. I am not an allergic kind of guy so am surprised & never heard of the vines caused rashes....

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Old 05-19-2012, 01:51 AM   #4
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Touches my hands & arms. Doesn't bother my hands but I get my arms all up in the vines to re-twine them down as they grow like crazy. I end up with red welts for the next few hours. Again, no big deal - just interesting. I am not an allergic kind of guy so am surprised & never heard of the vines caused rashes....
I get the same thing. I have noticed in the old pictures where the hops were all picked by hand everyone has their sleeves rolled all the way down even though it looks like they are boiling in sun. Seems to me a lot folks are a little sensitive...???
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:52 AM   #5
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No problem here, even after sitting in a huge pile of bines last fall when I was stripping cones.

If you're only allergic to the bines, consider yourself fortunate. You could have been allergic to what goes in the beer

Cheers!

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I get some skin irritation, but not a rash.

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Old 05-19-2012, 04:19 AM   #7
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The first time it happened to me I was out working with them on a very hot late Spring day. Lots of compost, lots of thinning, lots of weeding and lots of beer . . . without a shirt. A sidearm would wrap around my neck while I wasn't paying attention and when I pulled away, slice. After many more slices and beers for the next few hours, I was ready for a shower. When the hot water hit my back . . . well, it wasn't fun. When I was done, I looked at my back in the mirror and it looked like I'd gotten 40 lashes! Those little climbing hooks are comparable to running a very sharp hacksaw blade over yourself. Limit the amount of beer and pay a little more attention - unless you like that kinda stuff. I guess some folks do you know!

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when I sit and trim back extra vines, I get some stinging and slight rash like stuff on my legs and arms like you do. I don't think it's an allergy, but a kind of chaffing from the spiney stems. so, yes others experience the same.

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