Cactus stickers-glochids-HELP!

Leslie Basel lebasil at
Tue Oct 3 22:34:49 EST 1995

Our here in the southwest (Tucson, AZ), we have a fairly 
simple and effective way of getting rid of the small 
stickers/stiff cactus hairs that burrow into the skin.  

We either apply fresh scotch tape to the skin, then yank;
or apply a moderately thin layer of Elmer's glue to the 
skin, allow to dry, then peel off.  You are right, you had
better get them out in a timely manner, otherwise they
will drive you nuts.  Worse, the tape and glue tricks don't
work if the stickers are buried too deeply into the skin. 

I hope this is the type of information you wanted.  Good luck.

Leslie Basel
lebasil at

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