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    Foos opinion on poison ivy

    So is it not a good idea to exercise while you have poison ivy rashes?

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    I found that it helped soothe mine.. I had it really badly a few years ago and riding definitely helped take my mind off of it... and it didn't itch much for hours afterwards...
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    Don't ask me. Either I've never gotten it, or it doesn't affect me. Not sure which.
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    When I had poison ivy I got a prescription for steroids.

    I had it pretty bad down one leg....doctor said the only issue for exercise was my own comfort and keeping it clean. For a couple of days exercise was no fun because of all of the retained fluid. After that went down a bit I just got in the shower or at least rinsed off my leg after doing whatever (biking, mowing the lawn, tennis).

    Now if you were out in the woods and grabbed the wrong leaf.....a bike seat might not be too comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by telebianchi View Post
    When I had poison ivy I got a prescription for steroids.

    I had it pretty bad down one leg....doctor said the only issue for exercise was my own comfort and keeping it clean. For a couple of days exercise was no fun because of all of the retained fluid. After that went down a bit I just got in the shower or at least rinsed off my leg after doing whatever (biking, mowing the lawn, tennis).

    Now if you were out in the woods and grabbed the wrong leaf.....a bike seat might not be too comfortable.
    ^this. Minus the roids, I have steriods perscribed before and regular allery medication (reactine) works better. Just take it at the first sign and for a couple of days to make sure it's cleared of your system.

    My calves were swollen up to like twice the size last time i had the ivy really bad. probably would have made a great av if I could have hid the rash.
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    In my opinion, poison ivy sucks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickeydog View Post
    In my opinion, poison ivy sucks
    I think oozing and festering describe it better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickeydog View Post
    In my opinion, poison ivy sucks
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    Quote Originally Posted by DallasSoxFan View Post
    C'mon - Drew barrymore wasn't that bad in it
    I've never had the rash myself, but that movie was the worst!
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    Mares and does do not eat it. Little lambs have been known to partake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ehidle View Post
    I found that it helped soothe mine.. I had it really badly a few years ago and riding definitely helped take my mind off of it... and it didn't itch much for hours afterwards...
    I'm not trying to hijack or change the subject, but I understand what ehidle is saying, I used to suffer from allergies big time! at the time I was nearing 280 lbs's! When I started loosing lbs's I noticed that my allergies were slowing? I'm at 204 and they've been gone for about 6 years now, Doc doesn't beleive me but I know what I know, and thats good 'nough! BTW, poison ivy does indeed suck! Try riding.
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    Excercise ain't bad but if you still have poison ivy oils on the skin, it'll rub off on your clothes and stuff. You may get poison ivy again up to a year later and not know where you got it from. I swear I get a rash if I just look at a poison ivy vine.
    Soaking your rash in hot water (the hottest you can stand) helps relieve the itch for awhile. When the rash is soaking in the hot water, it will itch like crazy. The hot water makes the skin release the chemical which makes you itch. Once you gently dry off and go back into a cool environment your skin will have been temporarily depleted of that itchy chemical and you can enjoy some relief.
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    PS: The sooner your rash dries, the sooner it heals up. An oatmeal bath helps dry out the rash. Soak oatmeal in water for a few minutes. Don't spread the oatmeal over you. Just the water that the oatmeal was soaking in. You'll soon get a dry starchy feeling on your skin and the oatmeal helps relieve the itching too.
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    This summer when I got poison ivy on me I tried every product at the drugstore, oatmeal, baking soda, mud, etc. Nothing worked. The super-hot water treatment provided temporary absence of itch. The only thing that stopped the spreading oozing and itching was to scrub the hell out of it with a bristly scrub brush until it was bleeding freely and then drench the area liberally with hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide was not rinsed off, and when it dried, normal non-oozy scabs formed and the crap finally started to heal. I got it a second time and did the debridement/peroxide treatment right away, and instead of 2 and a half weeks of spreading oozy blistersores, it was only a couple days of dry scabs.

    P.S. i did the oatmeal thing wrong, putting it right onto my skin, maybe thats why it didnt work

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    White vinegar works for jellyfish and sunburns, wouldn't hurt to give it a try.
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    poison ivy sucks bad....i actually have two spots about the size of a pencil eraser on my arm right now from cutting firewood last week.....god i hate it....

    about 5 years ago i had it worse than you can imagine...i was clearing a field that had 3 foot tall grass with a bladesaw, cutting it up in good shape about 25 feet wide and 300 feet long....worst part is, underneath it all was poison ivy and i didnt know....there was literally not a spot of clear skin from my knees all the way down to my ankles....both legs....absolutely dreadful.

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    i'm really allergic to poison ivy, I've had it bad in the past.

    I'm telling you people take allergy meds like reactin at the first signs and for a few days, it won't spread and should be gone quick.
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    poison ivy suck donkey balls...it makes me itch just thinking about it...I'm so allergic to it, I got it from a cat that I had picked up and the little f*cker and been trouncing around in it..next day I wake up to the entire left side of my neck swollen and full of rashes..

    if I even think I've been in contact with it..I'm in the shower w/in 5 min

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    I get it if I think about it_ uh oh, I'm breaking out in a rash right now!

    But seriously, Tecnu (available at must drug stores) will remove the oils post-exposure. Nothing works for the rash and itch on me, so I use Tecnu after every known or possible exposure.

    I've had a couple of prednisone prescriptions for when I failed to wash up. That's some good juju. Kills it within hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehidle View Post
    I found that it helped soothe mine.. I had it really badly a few years ago and riding definitely helped take my mind off of it... and it didn't itch much for hours afterwards...
    That's because your body was producing it's own natural cortico-steroids, which help suppress the body's histamine response.
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    get a box of a product called Domeboro from drugstore mix it up into a paste spread on rash and it will dry up fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    That's because your body was producing it's own natural cortico-steroids, which help suppress the body's histamine response.
    However, poison oak is a T-cell-mediated reaction, it doesn't involve histamines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Mares and does do not eat it. Little lambs have been known to partake.
    I watched my dog once eat poison ivy. Didn't seem to harm him.

    The medical sources say not to, but if you daub bleach on the rash it immediately stops itching.

    Best thing is to learn what it looks like and stay the hell away.

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