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    ARGH! Poison Ivy!!

    Dam it. I worked on a garden Saturday. And I have it on my right hand, forehead a little and my leg. grrrrrr

    Course the multiple boo boos incurred from cleaning out garden, coupled with a couple of embedded slivers and topped off with a nice cut on the finger I got last night while doing my Green duty of cleaning out a soup can to recycle it ----- meh - I hardly feel the itching .... ha

    I get the stuff every single time I'm out there working on that garden.

    ARGH!!


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    Sucks to be you. I seldom get the stuff. Used to rub it on me to win bets.
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    I get poison ivy if I think about it. Hey, I'm breaking out in a rash right now! Thanks a lot!

    But seriously, wash yourself with tecnu or rubbing alcohol if you think you've been in contact with the weed. I get it really easily, but not if I scrub down after contact.

    You can also get some sort of clove-based poison ivy killer that supposedly doesn't kill other plants, and it's organic so it won't kill YOU when you eat plants. I forget what its called but it smells nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tude View Post
    Dam it. I worked on a garden Saturday. And I have it on my right hand, forehead a little and my leg. grrrrrr

    I was doing gardening on saturday too. It sure was back breaking work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post
    I was doing gardening on saturday too. It sure was back breaking work!
    It was like from 10 am - 7 pm - in a dried up, overgrown with weed, spider infested plots of land (not my gardens). I had headphones blowing my eardrums out with something and must have been muttering out loud cause I had more than a few bicyclists riding by look at me funny.

    But they looked nice afterward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Sucks to be you. I seldom get the stuff. Used to rub it on me to win bets.
    I'm the same way. I've fallen down in the stuff and was unaffected. They say you can develop an allergy to it at anytime though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
    I'm the same way. I've fallen down in the stuff and was unaffected. They say you can develop an allergy to it at anytime though.
    hehe

    Picture two inebriated girls at a pit party stumbling around in the dark finding their way to a remote part of the woods and are just about set up ------ and instead fall backwards into some "weeds".

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    i've never had it but apparently it feels like crumbs under your skin.

    DId you know that poison ivy isn't poison OR ivy? it's related to sumac, and it's an allergen,not poison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vtjim View Post
    I get poison ivy if I think about it. Hey, I'm breaking out in a rash right now! Thanks a lot!

    But seriously, wash yourself with tecnu or rubbing alcohol if you think you've been in contact with the weed. I get it really easily, but not if I scrub down after contact.

    You can also get some sort of clove-based poison ivy killer that supposedly doesn't kill other plants, and it's organic so it won't kill YOU when you eat plants. I forget what its called but it smells nice.
    Thanks for the info on tecnu, have my wife out getting some right now. Our youngest seems to be hyper–allergic to PI, as he started his second bout (in as many months) with it just the other day. I used to get it bad as a kid, but haven't been affected in some time. But I would never tempt the fates.

    As to those who rub it on...good luck with that, as was said, people can develop allergies over time & exposure. Not just with PI but with many sensitizing substances.

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    We have poison oak out here. You get it enough times and you sure take the time to learn what it looks like, which does not always help avoid it. Calamine lotion!!!

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    Agreed with wagathon, Calamine Lotion, STAT!
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    On the other hand. The birds in my yard like the seeds and the deer relish the fresh growths. So I water the poison oak (local variety of eastern poison ivy) and spray the foliage with a water based fertilizer to encourage it. The local families know and keep their kids out of my yard (a bonus). The gas meter reader who is extremely allergic had a radio link put on the meter.
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    To those of us with a really bad PI allergy, nothing over-the-counter works once we've got it. Bad blisters, "weeping", intense burning, itching, and it'll spread for days even after a good wash. Calamine? Useless. Benadryl? Ha!

    The two times I've had it really bad, I wound getting nuked with prednisone to get rid of it. Prednisone is the bee's knees. Kills the itch within a few hours, and the rash starts going away in a day or so. It's powerful juju.

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    I have allergies, but poison ivy isn't one of them. Never had effects.

    Hope you get comfortable in your own skin again Tude.
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    Unfortunately I shook hands with a ton of people yesterday, professors done for the year/Summer, students who graduated ....... lotsa hand shakin going on ..... Hopefully I did not give them a present as well ...

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    Over the weekend I had to pull a bunch of PI out of an old garden on our property. I've never gotten it despite several exposures, but I wasn't taking any chances - long sleeves, long pants, and gloves for me.

    Hope the OP gets rid of it quickly.

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    After you get it, it does seem like it spreads. But it doesn't (except that when you first encounter it, if it's on your hands, for instance, you can spread it around that way). Even after you get over it, you can get it again if you put on the clothes that your were wearing when walked through an oak patch.

    And, if steroids can be avoided, then that is best, which may not be easy if you get it on your face or it is around your eyes, etc.

    My experience with it is is that you get over it just about the time you're ready to scrub your skin off with soap and a scrub brush. Usually, it's on your legs so you can lotion-up and cover it with gauze before putting on your pants and no one really knows how miserable you are.

    You can read about and feel good about how others have had it worse. Accidentally eating apparently can be a worrisome problem. Imagine standing around a campfire and not know you're burning it and breathing the fumes?

    If you are sensitive to it, you can get it if you're even scratched by a leafless twig, which can be a big problem: after the leaves have fallen, all twigs sort of look alike.
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    I'm extremely sensitive to poison oak, have gotten it several times (always from my dogs. )

    The only thing I found to relieve the discomfort temporarily (apart from the last-resort steroid shot) is to blast my skin with nearly scalding hot water in the shower. It itches/hurts like crazy for a few seconds, then goes numb for the next half an hour or so, feels heavenly.

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    vodka, and i'm not joking about it....works like a dream....
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    When I was a small kid 7-9 yrs old, I used to get it often. My Mother would then beat my butt for getting it. She said I was where I shouldn't have been. Huh???

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac View Post
    Thanks for the info on tecnu, have my wife out getting some right now. Our youngest seems to be hyper–allergic to PI, as he started his second bout (in as many months) with it just the other day. I used to get it bad as a kid, but haven't been affected in some time. But I would never tempt the fates.

    As to those who rub it on...good luck with that, as was said, people can develop allergies over time & exposure. Not just with PI but with many sensitizing substances.

    zac
    Also if you know you got into it then wash with cool water and plenty of soap. The oil also gets on clothes, dogs and watch bands (I know). Wash these or at least don't pet the dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vtjim View Post
    I get poison ivy if I think about it. Hey, I'm breaking out in a rash right now! Thanks a lot!

    But seriously, wash yourself with tecnu or rubbing alcohol if you think you've been in contact with the weed. I get it really easily, but not if I scrub down after contact.

    You can also get some sort of clove-based poison ivy killer that supposedly doesn't kill other plants, and it's organic so it won't kill YOU when you eat plants. I forget what its called but it smells nice.
    Well we tried the tecnu stuff and all I can say is, where have you been all my life! The stuff works as advertised. Rub it on, wash it off. It also greatly shortened the suffering of an existing and extensive rash that calamine lotion just wasn't doing. I know that soap helps, but this technu stuff dissolves the oils.

    Thanks (of the I'd buy you a beer kind) for the tip!

    zac

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    I don't recommend smoking it. Very harsh.

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    Glad the tecnu worked.

    Looking back at this thread, vodka works because it's alcohol, and dissolves the oils. It'll dry your skin out though, if that bothers you. I've used rubbing alcohol when tecnu wasn't available. I'd rather have dry skin than poison ivy.

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