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Do You Have an Orchid Allergy?

August 2, 2023

If you’ve ever suffered from seasonal allergies, the last thing you want is a plant that will make you – or the person you give it to – watery eyed (and we’re not talking about being overwhelmed with emotion, either!) If you’re in the market for an orchid, you can breathe a sigh of relief: having an orchid allergy is rare.  

Unlike many other flower species, Phalaenopsis orchids have low-allergen pollen, so they’re less likely to trigger allergies. So, whether you're looking for the perfect housewarming gift, a tasteful corporate gesture or natural decor for your home, orchids are a low-risk choice!

Understanding Orchid Allergy

While orchids may be a blessing for most allergy sufferers, it's essential to acknowledge that a small percentage of the population may be sensitive to orchid sap. If you happen to notice a rash on your hand after handling an orchid, you could be experiencing contact dermatitis, a skin reaction to an allergen.

Contact dermatitis can manifest with symptoms such as redness, soreness and itchiness in the affected area. 

If you find yourself in this predicament, there's no need to panic; your orchid-loving days are not over! This rash isn't harmful or contagious and typically resolves itself within a few days. 

Dealing With an Orchid Allergy

In case you encounter a rash or any skin irritation after touching an orchid, it's wise to visit your doctor while the symptoms are still fresh. 

A medical professional can help rule out other potential allergens and recommend the most suitable treatment, which may involve a simple cold compress or an antihistamine.

Now for the million-dollar question: How can you be sure that orchids are the real culprits behind the rash? 

Contact dermatitis can also be triggered by other substances, such as soaps, perfumes, other plants and even jewelry, so it's essential to consider all potential sources of irritation and seek your doctor's guidance to pinpoint the actual cause.

Don't Bid Farewell to Your Beloved Orchids

If you find that you're prone to skin reactions around orchids, don't despair! You don't have to part ways with your beloved Phalaenopsis orchid. There are simple precautions you can take to continue enjoying their beauty without the itchiness, such as wearing gloves when handling your orchid plant. 

In the rare event that you accidentally come into contact with orchid sap, swift action is your best ally. Wash your hands immediately to minimize the potential reaction. 

With proper care and a few precautions, you can still nurture and admire these magnificent blooms.

Orchids Are Also Pet-Friendly Plants2021-pet-friendly-collection

As pet lovers, we understand the importance of having plants that won't pose a risk to our furry friends, and that's where orchids truly shine. 

Orchids, particularly the Phalaenopsis variety offered by Just Add Ice, are non-toxic to cats and dogs. With their alluring blooms and enchanting charm, these gorgeous indoor plants are the ideal option for gifting pet owners and decorating spaces where pets enjoy hanging out. 

So don’t let worries about orchid allergies rain on your floral parade! With proper care, a splash of creativity, and the help of Just Add Ice's expertise, you can bask in the beauty of these enchanting blooms without a worry in the world! 

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