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Old 07-16-2008, 05:58 PM   #1
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I had to walk through poision ivy!!!

I had no choice and had to do it twice tonight. I tired to rinse off in the river/canal right after I did it. I usually get poison pretty badly, although this year seems better.
I just took a complete shower and took 25mg of benadryl. Does anyone know anything else I can do to prevent a breakout?!?!
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:00 PM   #2
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Re: I had to walk through poision ivy!!!

I've heard avoiding poison ivy all together helps with the itch. I'm sorry, you can at me now.

I would also get those clothes cleaned and not let the oils get anywhere else. Make sure they absolutely do not get into your bedding, thats a good way to spread it.

This might help you find a cure (WFS): http://poisonivy.aesir.com/view/cures.html
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:52 PM   #3
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Re: I had to walk through poision ivy!!!

technu. Its a product that will help remove the oils up to 48 hours afterwards. Avoid hot water until you have it - it can just spread the oils over more of your body. I did that once and got it all over me instead of just my arms.

Good luck.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:43 PM   #4
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Re: I had to walk through poision ivy!!!

wash with milk...


great advice george... do you post for the sake of posting?
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:47 PM   #5
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Re: I had to walk through poision ivy!!!

oh... when its starts to itch... dont scratch ( of course you know that.. but press, on the itchy area. ) take a couple of wet cloths place in the freeze so they are stiff not frozen.. just stiff, and pull them out and place on the itchy area and press the cloth on to the skin. ..press firmly. You have two sets of nerves ending.. ones for sensation, the other for pressure. The pressure ones shut off the sensory ones. But the milk helps neutralizes the toxins.
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:22 AM   #6
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Re: I had to walk through poision ivy!!!

Thanks, all.... looks like I'm going to be in some trouble then.
I had no way to avoid it- went kayaking with a friend and we had to carry the boats right through a huge patch. We have some technu at work which I will use. Guess I'll stay on the Benadryl too. I really don't want to have to get on prednisone bc I am just coming out of tendinitis, not to mention the bloating effects of it.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:42 AM   #7
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Re: I had to walk through poision ivy!!!

Scrub your body with dishwashing liquid. Works like a charm!! Avoid regular body wash!!!!
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:30 AM   #8
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Re: I had to walk through poision ivy!!!

Since the symptoms of poison ivy exposure are a result of an allergy to a component of the sap (urushiol), the only way to avoid symptoms is to thoroughly wash the affected area with soapy water within 15-30 minutes after exposure. Urushiol is an oil, so plain water will not work. After 15-30 minutes, the urushiol becomes bound to the skin and cannot be completely removed (nor can this portion of the urushiol be spread to other areas of the body). Even if you miss this time window, it's still important to wash the affected area ASAP because not all the urushiol will bind right away and you risk spreading it to other areas of the body. As mentioned above, it's also critical to wash any clothing that may have been in contact with the plant since the urushiol can stick around there for days.

Once you have completely and thoroughly washed everything, there is no further risk of spread. The fluid released from the blisters does not contain urushiol.
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:35 AM   #9
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Re: I had to walk through poision ivy!!!

http://www.zanfel.com/help/

Safe link.

I don't react strongly, but I think this is the product I heard good things about a while ago. For what you pay for it, I suspect it might just work.
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:46 AM   #10
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Re: I had to walk through poision ivy!!!

So benadryl won't stave off the reaction?
Going to go buy Technu and Zanfel during lunch.
I'm gonna be hurtin.
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