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Old 11-23-2014, 03:14 PM
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QuestionWearing gloves while gardening


Do you use gardening gloves?
Whether you are mixing, planting or digging. What is your choice?
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:27 PM
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What a great question Lig...and actually, it's more important than people might think.


I definitely always wear garden gloves outdoors now. Indoors, I use sterile soil, so I'm more relaxed about it.


I have a story to share with you guys. Willow may actually remember this because we were on another site when this happened to me, before we joined here.


I once got a very bad finger infection that started on the side of my nail. My finger became very red and sore and then it started to fill up with a disgusting yellow and green puss! Yuck! I had to go to emergency to have it drained.



Long story short...it turned out I got the infection from using bare hands in the soil! There are zillions of bacteria in outdoor dirt and it's not worth the risk of getting an infection. I will never not use gloves in the outdoor garden again.



Truthfully though, there's nothing quite like the feel of cool garden soil on your hands and fingers.....I love it. I get my fix now with my indoor sterile soil though....and no more gross and painful finger infections to go with it.


Great thread, Lig. It's threads like this that remind me this really is a garden site. Thank you.

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Old 11-23-2014, 03:43 PM
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I wear gloves when I know I will get a rash from certain plants that are toxic when in contact with the skin.
This may not apply to everyone who doesn't have sensitive skin or skin allergy.

Did you already have a cut on your finger that caused it to become infected?

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No cuts actually Lig....the doctor said it's because I have very long fingernails that bacteria got in under my nail and boom, I got an infection!
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I also have very long fingernails and thankfully
I never got any infection. Lesson learned eh?

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It doesn't mean you are guaranteed to get an infection if you use your bare hands in soil...but it does mean that you're taking the risk if you do. For me, it's definitely not worth the risk.


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Heck us farmers in the good ole USA.. don't worry of gloves.
Never died from good dirt yet.

Never seen gloves on the florist either.
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I remember that HBL. I sometimes wear gloves but most of the time I don't. So far I haven't gotten an infection but I do need to wear gloves more often. I know there's a warning on sphagnum peat moss that says it can cause some type of respiratory illness. My garden gloves are worn out which is one reason why I don't wear them. One time when I was pulling grass, the piece of grass sliced through my skin and it took weeks for it to heal back. I tend to wear gloves when I'm weeding.
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Gloves wont help the respiratory.........At all ..LOL
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I never used to wear gloves until a few years ago. We had some black top soil brought in to amend our garden with. Well I dug right in and within 24 hours of my dirt play date I was covered in a red raised bumpy and super miserable rash all over my hands and arms. It ended up spreading to my face and my legs. It refused to heal and started oozing. I ended up needing a steroid shot and prescription ointment. I've used gloves outside ever since. In the house I don't because I buy potting soil.
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I have read that if you run you fingernails over a bar of soap it lessens the chance of dirt getting under the nails.
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Eeeeeeep I couldn't do that i don't think LIG. I hate having anything under my nails. It skeeves me out!!
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:09 PM
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That's terrible and scary Nerd. I'm bad about spreading composted manure with my bare hands. I wash my hands 4 times in a row afterwards but there's still that threat of getting an infection. LIG I've read about that, its a clever idea.
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I like to also feel the dirt running through my fingers. On many occasions I have had red blotchy and irritated skin.

We all live in different locations and our inground dirt is not the same.

Even when purchasing store bought dirt do we really know what they use to treat it with?
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I like that feel too. My mom always says I have gardeners fingers because they're like talons LOL.
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