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Old 12-23-2008, 08:11 AM
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6 pills yesterday, 5 today... etc. I couldn't stand not being able to sleep (well, dh couldn't stand it, either!) so I called and got the prednisone. Much better, although still a bit itchy. But it's stopped spreading.

I always wear gloves when I muck about in the pile- I HATE spiders with every fiber of my being. Not too many rattlesnakes locally, although in the woods we do have them. Any snakes locally are blacksnakes, for the most part, and not many of those in town.

I think I loaded wood into my arms, then into the wheelbarrow, and then decorated myself with secondary poison ivy when I took my sweatshirt off. The rash on my chest, neck and face doesn't have the same weeping bumps as what's on my left ear and hand. I expect I got that either directly from the wood or from my heavily exposed glove. I probably ought to get rid of those now, huh? Or I'll be infecting myself every time I use them!

I never really believed in the "systemic" thing, but I can't figure out how the little patches of bumps got in the other places I have it. And they came several days after the other showed- so there must be something to it!
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:20 AM
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Ouch! so what are you doing for it? Calamine lotion? We used to use a tea made from Madrone leaves that helped dry out the sores in conjuntion with Fels Napha Soap to neutralize the oil. It is sometimes hard to find Fels Napha soap but worth the search.

One (of many things) I don't miss about California was the prevalence of poison oak. If one didn't get it from direct contact on a hike then one got it from petting the family dog. Worst thing where I now live is stinging nettle.

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Ah Poison oak is not for the feint of heart - my sister had some 'spalinin to do when she had it on her nether regions. She and her hubyy went on a nature hike one weekend. Hubby didn't wash after shaking hands with the president. A new form of STD no doubt

As for breathing it in, my dad had a real bad case of lung poisioning when he was burning some shrubbery that had p-oak in it. Now he is super sensative to the stuff. It seems that if he just looks at it he breaks out.

I avoid it like the plague.

We used to call Fels Napha the Poison Oak Soap

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Recommended by the Queen of Clean. 100 years of stain fighting power is found in this heavy duty laundry soap. Used everyday for poison ivy treatment, laundry, to rid plants of pests and remedy black spot fungus in roses.

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Old 12-23-2008, 09:14 AM
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I moved into a house once that had huge maple trees.
Growing up two of them were these huge vines.
Some about an inch thick.
They had neat little berries on them.
The little berries would fall to the ground and make more vines.
I mowed them down along with the grass.
I wore my sandals.
The vines were poison ivy!

My feet were covered with weeping red splotches.
It was so bad that when I put socks on for work... I would have to peel them off.

The only thing that I found that would stop the itching... HOT Water. As hot as I could stand. Of course it was only temporary relief......... but it felt OH SO GOOD!
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Old 12-24-2008, 05:41 AM
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I was immune to poison ivy/sumac/oak as a child. There is some plant that will make me break out, but Iíve never figured out which one it is.

Ivy Block works pretty well and you can find it in a drugstore. But for wood piles, Iíd use gloves. In addition to poisonous vines you have your various snakes, spiders and my personal favorite, scorpions. Yes, we do have scorpions in Alabama. And of course we should include bees, wasps, hornetsÖ

But really, just use common sense. If you havenít been to that woodpile in a while. Check it out, make sure nothingís laying there or buzzing around that wasnít there before. And wear gloves.
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6 pills yesterday, 5 today... etc. !
Yup, that will do it. It works so well that I cheat and go 5/3/1 if I can! You should be feeling better for Christmas...have a good one!
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hey Jim, did you perfect your pizza-making skills then? Nice to have you back.
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