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Old 08-09-07, 08:00 PM
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Poison Oak

Anybody here ever get tangled up with Poison Oak while riding through the woods? If so, what did you use to ease the symptoms?
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Old 08-09-07, 08:15 PM
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I hate when nobody responds so i did some research to help you out and found this...http://www.webmd.com/allergies/tc/Po...ac-Medications hope you get better!!!
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Old 08-09-07, 08:17 PM
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Hot hot showers for temporary relief.

Oral Ivy for prevention.
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That always works!
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Old 08-09-07, 08:21 PM
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Hot hot showers for temporary relief.

Oral Ivy for prevention.
Yes, hot showers are great! I'll have to check out the Oral Ivy for future needs.
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Old 08-09-07, 10:36 PM
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If you go to the emergency room after having a rash for weeks they will give you a steroid that will take care of it in about an hour. Poison Oak/ivy doesn't usually get that serious though. I asked them if I should go pump iron after this and she just laughed and gave me a weird look

Usually bennedryl* and over the counter stuff works fine, or just see the doctor and get some good creams if you have insurance and havn't taken advantage of going to the doctor enough that year.
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Old 08-09-07, 10:41 PM
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Yup yup. I keep the stuff in my car, after my ride, wipe my neck, arms, legs and what not, have yet to get it since using it.
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Originally Posted by Nickds7 View Post
Usually bennedryl*
The following medications should not be used for poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash, because they can cause allergy problems of their own:

Antihistamines applied to the skin (such as Benadryl cream, spray, or gel; Dermamycin)

HAHAHA sorry but i wouldnt advise it...
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Some forest service workers and dermatologists have discovered that there is a simple spray that is a great preventative.

Believe it or not, spray-on antiperspirants (virtually all of them) contain small particles of clay, along with some other materials, that bind or adsorb the oily substance (urushiol) that causes the rash.

If you spray your legs, socks, and any other areas that might come in contact with the plants, then the urushiol will be deactivated on contact.
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Originally Posted by migoythepinoy View Post
The following medications should not be used for poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash, because they can cause allergy problems of their own:

Antihistamines applied to the skin (such as Benadryl cream, spray, or gel; Dermamycin)

HAHAHA sorry but i wouldnt advise it...
Well yea if you are allergic to it I wouldn't recommend it either.
That would also be be the pill form, sorry if the sentance following the benadryl comment confused you.

Thanks Dr. Migoythepinoy


Also solvents work well such as rubbing alcohol, gas, paint thinner (ouch). They help remove the oils from your skin and can prevent the rash if used before the oils bind to your skin, within 15 minutes.

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Old 08-10-07, 04:04 PM
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No problem
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There's a lotion out there called IvyBlock that you put on before entering the woods... but, after the fact, Technu works great. It's expensive, though. A budget plan that works: Cool shower (a hot shower will open your pores & let that oil in further!) and dishwashing liquid - Dawn is known for disolving oil. This will serve to get the offending oil off you bod - treating the rash - any anti-itch lotion that works!
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Old 08-10-07, 08:27 PM
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My Mom used to be a fire fighter up in Rescue, CA and they said that if you drink Goats Milk it will make you immune to it to the point where you can actually rub it directly on your skin and nothing will happen. I have yet to get it either.
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Originally Posted by desmo13 View Post
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+2...Tecnu is like manna from heaven

If i even THINK i've been exposed, i rinse off with Tecnu when i get home. haven't had an outbreak since i started using it. when i ran out of it, i ended up with a nasty rash after crashing in a big nest of green hell. this is a pretty darn good price for what it does and how much you get:

big ol bottle of tecnu

If I KNOW i've been exposed, I use this:

technu scrubby

Lovely stuff

If, lord almighty above forbid, I get exposed and end up with an outbreak, this is the best stuff I've found for both drying up the rash and relieving the itch. It's like uber-caladryl. Put it on thick and let it dry and you'll have enough itch-free time to hopefully fall asleep at night.


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poison ivy sucks...

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Old 08-10-07, 08:59 PM
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I don't get effected by poison oak, ivy or sumac, so sorry can't help you there.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Smashy View Post
I don't get effected by poison oak, ivy or sumac, so sorry can't help you there.
I'm the same way ... so was a co worker until this year when she got a really bad case of it... I think you can become allergic to it at any point in life.
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Originally Posted by DirtPedalerB View Post
I'm the same way ... so was a co worker until this year when she got a really bad case of it... I think you can become allergic to it at any point in life.
That's true. I used to never have a problem with poison ivy. Now, I've gotten it the last two years.
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i had a wicked case not too long ago..the rash was on the back of my knee...it ran all the way down my calf and even across to the other leg a little bit...it was puffy and raised up...hot showers make it feel better but thats what made mine spread so violently...the doctor had to give me a shot and a weeks worth of steriods to cure it.
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