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When it itches.... [May. 15th, 2007|09:17 am]
terribleturnip
As official poison ivy/oak wrangler for the Faire site...

I know, you're thinking "why would you volunteer to do this when A: you have about a gabillion other responsibilities, and B: you are so sensitive to it that someone just talking about it gives you a rash, and C: if you do get, prednisone is no longer an option, since the last dose of it resulted in a brief bout of psychosis?"

Is anyone more likely to be hyper-aware of where it is, diligent about making sure it goes away, and uber-careful about handling it, cleaning tools, etc., than someone for whom the stakes are very high?

Despite all of those precautions, of course, I've got it all over me.

But it's clearly transfer -- *I* didn't touch it, but something that did touch it, touched me. Or, in some of the spots, I touched something that had been touched by something that touched the weed. (Yeah, a lifetime of this and I'm a connaisseur of rashes. Ah, the line of attached bubbles that is direct contact, the random and barely raised spots of third level contact...)

<lj-cut text= "But I have found Zanfel, so I'm okay." This is my second season using this product and I am a huge fan. Sure, at $40 a tube, it's expensive. Although, and here's where we divide the people who get relatively mild symptoms (oh, that's way too expensive, I'll stick with the pink stuff) and the people who really get it bad (Only $40 to make it stop itching and go away within a day or two? What a bargain! Wait, and it's a rough scrub and I HAVE to rub it all over the rash for at least 30 seconds? Orgasmic!). The trick is, though, you HAVE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. When it says rub it between two hands to activate it, they mean it. When they say to rinse thoroughly, they mean it. Personally, I think you should just plan on doing it in the tub or shower, because you gotta remember that you have now lifted off the oil that makes you itch, but it is still active -- you have to rinse it completely off your body -- any that's left on you will just expose another part of your body to the oil. And yeah, if you have it bad, you may have to do it twice a day for a day or two to make it go completely away. But really, it makes the itching really stop. And you get the pleasure of being able to rub rough scrubby stuff on a very itchy place, guilt-free. And it does go away after a few treatments, instead of lingering on for days.
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[User Picture]From: pyllgrum
2007-05-15 01:43 pm (UTC)
I thought Zanfel was a French dude who plays the Pan flute...
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2007-05-15 01:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but if you rub him on you, the rash gets worse...
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2007-05-15 01:47 pm (UTC)
Ok please keep in mind I'm a flake who was raised by someone who did holistic medicine before it was all the rage.

Bleach.

Can you keep a small bottle (watered down please) of bleach around and when you suspect you might've come in contact with the dreaded weed, use a cloth and wash that area with bleach?

I don't understand the whole chemistry bit any better than I understood dandelion tea mixed with jack daniels miraculously cures cramps but it works.

Wait - I bet you're allergic to bleach aren't you or else you would've already tries this ... never mind :)
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2007-05-15 02:45 pm (UTC)
Bleach works when the oil is fresh...but once you've got the rash...I suppose it might dry it out faster, but you'll still run the risk of it going systemic, so I think it's better to draw out the oils with this stuff and make them go away.

I have washed tools with dilute bleach solution, although I usually use rubbing alcohol -- less impactful on the environment, although I'm relying on hearsay for that.

The Jack Daniels cures the cramps. The dandelion tea just cures the guilt for drinking Jack in the middle of the day. (I went for the laugh, there, since there is stuff in the ol' weed that helps. Don't get me started on how fabulous the plantain weed works on infections and healing...I just haven't found a naturopathic/holistic remedy that works well enough to trust on poison ivy rashes. And when you have at times had to have sheets peeled off of you because you were so rashy you became attached to the bed during the night...and then had colors "talking" to you while on prednisone...give me the tube full of pan-pipe player!
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2007-05-15 02:55 pm (UTC)
It is true - it only works when it's pretty fresh and before you break out. I'm gathering you don't realize you've been exposed til you have it.

Mom just goes on this whole 'let me eat the fridge whole' bit with the prednisone. It's just not safe to take her down the baked goods aisle without a second mortgage application .....

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[User Picture]From: pyratelady
2007-05-15 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'm gathering you don't realize you've been exposed til you have it.

Bingo. Also, when people say, "Oh, just avoid the plants with 3 leaves!" I kind of want to smack them with a big hammer. 'Cause there's LOTS of plants with 3 leaves, and if I'm standing around in the woods counting the leaves of every damn green thing I see, chances are I'll get exposed just by standing in the proximity of some. I'm so allergic that I can get it just by standing near some poison ivy if the wind is blowing in my direction. I once got a poison ivy rash while ROCK CLIMBING on a completely bare slab of granite.
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2007-05-15 07:24 pm (UTC)
Rock climbing? I guess the spores maybe?

I was quite fortunate - I could wonder 'was that it?' - hit the bleach and be a-ok. I could wonder 'was that it?' think no - couldn't be, and be one big ouch-it-itches.

Of course Grandma's cramps remedy works for ouch-it-itches as well :)
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2007-05-15 01:56 pm (UTC)
You just keep on finding new and different ways to satisfy your inner masochist, don't you?
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[User Picture]From: piratekalia
2007-05-15 02:55 pm (UTC)
I'm "strangely" turned on...
oh, just ignore me!
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From: pyrateatlarge
2007-05-15 10:44 pm (UTC)
I don't get it as bad as I used to, but daily swims in a heavy-chlorine pool dried mine up fast. . . especially a warm pool . . . at the YMCA. . . while bumping into small children everytime a blister pops.

I'm into multi-level satisfaction.
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