Just thought I would pass this one on as I for one had never heard about this.
A few days ago I cut a fig tree down in my garden. I was a lovely sunny day.
Twenty four hours later I started to get a bit of a rash on my hands fore arms and back of neck. I had no idea what this was from, but going by where it was on my body, and the fact there was a watch strap mark I guessed it was sun related.
Forty eight hours after cutting the tree down the rash was getting a lot worse and was starting to badly blister.
I did a bit of internet research and found a thing called Phytophotodermatitis. The sap from some normally harmless plants, in this case fig, when in conjunction with direct sunlight (UV) cause blistering on the skin. Apparently it can last for around 4-6 weeks!
Today it's got really bad and was really painful, so I went to A&E. They didn't have a clue and had never heard of such a thing. They popped all the big blisters, dressed them and referred me to the burns unit where I have to go tomorrow morning.
So if you ever have to prune or cut down a fig tree wear gloves and long sleeves.