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Strawberry itch?

Bit of a strange question!

Every time I harvest our strawberries my arms are itchy afterwards, with a slight rash that disappears quickly. We have straw under the strawberries, but I don't think my arms have too much contact with the straw.  There is a fair amount of contact with the strawberry leaves though...

Any ideas? 

On the plus side, I've harvested about 10kg up to now, and there is definately more to come!


  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,253

    A reaction to strawberry leaves is quite common. Occasionally, people can have a true allergy to strawberries themselves, which can be severe. Use gloves when harvesting as you are sensitive to the irritant leaves. 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
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