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I was trimming bougainvillea and a thorn poked my finger through the gloves I was wearing. Three days later, my finger is stiff, red, and very sore. I cannot bend it at the joint where I was poked. Is this something that needs to be treated? I don't see a visible thorn. Can I get an infection?
Hardiness Zone: 10a
Michelle from San Diego
You most definitely need to get to a doctor!!
Until you get to a doctor.........soak it in a solution of epsom salt and warm water. That should draw some of the poison out of it. Do you have a red swollen finger or are there red streaks running away from the initial sore area? If you have red streaks you need to get yourself to a doctor........NOW!
How do you treat a bougainvillea thorn in your thumb?
Pull out the thorn. Make it bleed a little.
Can bougainvillea cause severe itching?
Yes the thorns have a toxin in them that can cause severe itching especially if you are sensitive to the toxin.