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    Freakin' poison ivy!

    Got the stuff all over me. Ankle, arm, face. Got some stuff called Zanfel that is supposed to do wonders. Anyone ever used it? Just wondering if it's worth the (almost) forty bucks I paid for a 1 once tube.

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    At that price it better work.

    I still haven't figured out my reaction to poison ivy. Sometimes I'll get a little if I use the weed eater around it. But often I don't get any rash at all.

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    I use tecnu for cleaning the oils. I took steroids once to get rid of a bad rash. Prednisone. Worked almost immediately, but I probably wouldn't be able to ride in the TdF.

    http://www.tecnu.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragracer
    Got the stuff all over me. Ankle, arm, face. Got some stuff called Zanfel that is supposed to do wonders. Anyone ever used it? Just wondering if it's worth the (almost) forty bucks I paid for a 1 once tube.
    I have some every year, hate that thing.

    Anyway, TECNU is supposed to be good, never used it - I just scratch myself a lot

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    Bleach. It dries the heck out of your skin, but it clears up the rash in a day. I wouldn't put it on your face though.....
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    I have it too. Haven't had it in years, but now that I'm out of town at a conference with no access to calamine lotion, I have it. Legs, wrists. I blame the dog.

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    At first exposure, rubbing salt on the poisoned area helps. After blistering, use a scrub brush with powder laundry detergent and hot water. This'll dry out the oils, and the scrubbing feels oh so good.
    "I had some real problems with the stupid nipples."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50 tooth Cannon
    At first exposure, rubbing salt on the poisoned area helps. After blistering, use a scrub brush with powder laundry detergent and hot water. This'll dry out the oils, and the scrubbing feels oh so good.

    Yes, basically the theme is dry the heck out of your skin once you get it. If you come in contact with poison ivy, immediately go take a shower and wash your clothes in HOT water. Take the hotest shower you can stand. If you remove the oils quickly, you should be okay. Be sure ot remember to wash everything you touch. Once my stepmother had a bout of poison ivy rash on her hands for months. It just kept coming back. Finally she realized that she had never washed off her steering wheel in her car!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowandsteady
    Yes, basically the theme is dry the heck out of your skin once you get it. If you come in contact with poison ivy, immediately go take a shower and wash your clothes in HOT water. Take the hotest shower you can stand. If you remove the oils quickly, you should be okay. Be sure ot remember to wash everything you touch. Once my stepmother had a bout of poison ivy rash on her hands for months. It just kept coming back. Finally she realized that she had never washed off her steering wheel in her car!
    I had it on a pair of sneakers - took me a while to realize that.

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    Poison Ivy and poison oak, relatives of the Cashew. Local deer eat the leaves and wild birds love the berries/seeds. Only us poor humans have a problem with it.
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