How to Get Relief From Sticker Weeds

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Sticker weeds can trigger uncomfortable skin allergies.
Sticker weeds can trigger uncomfortable skin allergies. (Image: PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Sticker weeds, also known as lawn burweeds can be annoying, unwanted residents of your lawn. The spiky burs that give burweeds or sticker weeds their name make them a health hazard. According to Mississippi State University, it can take a year's worth of planning and gardening to get burweed out of your lawn for good. In the meantime, be prepared to be stuck and deal with the injuries and allergic reactions that often follow.

Remove burs carefully, making sure to extract them completely from your foot or ankle. In good lighting, use tweezers to get any parts of the sticker you're not able to remove by hand. If necessary, use a magnifying glass.

Wash the small wound created by the bur with a little soap and water. If that's not available, apply some antiseptic. Alcohol, iodine, peroxide or something numbing like Bactine, are all good choices. If the puncture is on the sole of your foot, or somewhere prone to becoming dirty, cover it with a small bandage.

Apply a topical analgesic or cortisone cream, if area around the bur puncture becomes inflamed or itchy. Sticker weeds can cause skin allergies, known also as contact dermatitis. Allergic reactions from grasses and weeds are common and can spread significantly in highly allergic people. Use of over-the-counter creams, ointments and sprays will usually provide relief.

Take an oral antihistamine like Benadryl, if the rash caused by the bur puncture spreads quickly or becomes very uncomfortable. This indicates a more series allergic reaction that may be beyond the scope of a topical treatment. See a physician if symptoms do not subside, or if they worsen after a dose of oral medication.

Wear thick socks and closed-toe shoes next time you walk on your lawn. Sticker weeds are very difficult to get rid of, and you can find the best relief by avoiding contact with them.

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