Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →

How to Treat Sow Thistle Bumps

...
Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Sow thistle plants grow wild all over the United States. Because their seed is numerous, quick to germinate and airborne, thistle plants can spread far and wide. When tackling these weeds in their garden, you may have the unfortunate luck to find out that you are allergic to it. Like poison ivy, sow thistle causes some people to break out in bumps or pustules. Even as little as brushing by the plant can cause an allergic reaction. Although inconvenient, itchy and sometimes sometimes painful, contact dermatitis is relatively easy to treat.

Take a shower as soon as possible after contact with sow thistle. The sooner you wash, the more chance you have of removing the irritants from your skin.

  • Sow thistle plants grow wild all over the United States.
  • Even as little as brushing by the plant can cause an allergic reaction.

Wash the clothes you were wearing when you came into contact with sow thistle. Some of the plant fibers or sap may still be embedded in the fibers and may expose you again.

Wet a towel with cold water. Place it over the bumps and reapply as necessary to provide discomfort relief.

Apply over-the-counter corticosteroid cream on the bumps according to the manufacturer's instructions. Reapply as necessary.

Contact your physician if the bumps have not gone away within two weeks.

  • Wash the clothes you were wearing when you came into contact with sow thistle.
  • Place it over the bumps and reapply as necessary to provide discomfort relief.

Related Articles

How to Remove Slug Mucus
How to Remove Slug Mucus
Allergies of the Daisy Family
Allergies of the Daisy Family
How to Get Rid of Chiggers in Your Yard
How to Get Rid of Chiggers in Your Yard
Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root & Yellow Dock Side Effects
Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root & Yellow Dock Side Effects
How to Use Bayer Advanced Brush Killer
How to Use Bayer Advanced Brush Killer
Thistle Varieties
Thistle Varieties
Are There Other Plants That Look Like Rhubarb?
Are There Other Plants That Look Like Rhubarb?
Milk Thistle Burdock Identification
Milk Thistle Burdock Identification
How to Harvest Milk Thistle
How to Harvest Milk Thistle
How to Kill Russian Thistle
How to Kill Russian Thistle
How to Care for African Daisy
How to Care for African Daisy
What Makes a Foxglove Plant Poisonous?
What Makes a Foxglove Plant Poisonous?
How to Propagate Lupine
How to Propagate Lupine
How to Dry Thistle
How to Dry Thistle
Garden Guides
×