|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.