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Old 05-23-06, 02:49 PM   #1
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Unknown Itchy Plant.

Hey I scratched my leg on a weed or something tonight. I dont know what the hell it was, but it's driving me insane. I washed it off, put some hydrocortizone on it, and nothing is doing much. Anybody have any ideas? This thing is making me crazy. Please help!
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Old 05-23-06, 03:21 PM   #2
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i hate plants like that. try putting ice on it and not itching it. ice will prolly make it feel good but if you keep it on to long you porbably wont notice but you will be damaging your nerves. so if you can put nice cold water on it.
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First - learn to recognize poison ivy, poison oak, and stinging nettles. All 3 will give you one hell of an itch! But, since you've already run into something, try this: wet the affected area with COLD water, pour rubbing alcohol over it, and rinse with COLD water. Hot or warm water will open you skin pores, allowing whatever it is to get deeper into your skin. There are a number of poison plant treatments on the market for washing stuff like this off - ask your local pharmacist which one is the best, and follow the directions carefully. Meanwhile, take an allergy pill - OTC stuff like bendryl might ease you itch!

Whichever plant you ran into has an oil which you are allergic to. So, getting the oil off of you is the first step (which the rubbing alcohol will do), and treating the allergic reaction is the 2nd step.

Hope you feel better!
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Old 05-23-06, 05:29 PM   #4
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If it was instantaneous and persisted for several hours, sounds like nettles. Another thing to consider is some critter like those stinging hair caterpillars. [ http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Entomology/ent...isc/ef003.htm] Folks are looking for bees, wasps, and hornets when they get stung but these little caterpillars "hide" in the foliage and really pack an itchy sting. . .feels just like nettles.

BTW, you probably need to be able to ID nettles.
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Thanks guys. I tried all of that. Not sure which one worked, but one of them did. I'm know what poison oak and poison ivy look like, it wasnt any of them, but I'm going to go look up nettles right now. Peace!
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I've never really noticed poison ivy before but a friend of mine and I used to ride through huge patches of nettles as it was the only way to get to some secret trails. The itching would get so bad we would almost go insane.

Kind of funny that nettles are good to eat.
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