The WikiHow page How to Touch Nettles Without Stinging Yourself claims:

Although experienced nettle harvesters often go bare-handed, this isn't just because they know how to avoid stings. Many of them have become resistant to the stings over years of exposure, while others enjoy the sensation.

This is one of my childhood mysteries which I was never able to fully explain - my neighbour could pick stinging nettles without apparent pain.

Does common contact with stinging nettles confer a resistance to the sting, and thus avoid pain?

  • I think an apologist for Jane Goodall once made a similar claim, but I can't find it.
    – Golden Cuy
    Mar 20, 2018 at 10:12
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    @AndrewGrimm What do you mean by "an apologist for" in this context?
    – gerrit
    Mar 20, 2018 at 14:38
  • @gerrit someone who defended her use of stinging nettles on poachers.
    – Golden Cuy
    Mar 20, 2018 at 20:01
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    @AndrewGrimm Do you mean Dian Fossey and not Jane Goodall? Mar 21, 2018 at 14:05
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    I can tell you from personal experience that this is true, at least on a temporary basis, but anecdote is not citable evidence! Mar 21, 2018 at 14:06


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