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When it itches.... [May. 15th, 2007|09:17 am]
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.

[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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