Yesterday I bought 4 cactus for my brother in law, which made a mess I had to clean up out of HIS car. While cleaning I was pricked in the finger by a spine that had fallen off one of them. The finger felt irritated but OK for about four hours and then my finger started to swell, I took my ring off just in time, and turned a dark purple colour. Today most of the swelling is gone but the finger is still purple and a bit tender. Does anyone know about cactus spine toxicity. I'm now really curious about what happened inside my body. I have a new respect for cacti as well.
Veronica in Vancouver