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Old 07-18-2008, 02:17 PM   #1
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Well, I'm week 2 into Poison Ivy. I had to get the cortisone shot twice and I'm on steroids for the second time. I knew I might have been exposed while working in the yard, but did not do research washing etiquette prior.

Supposedly you are suppose to spray your exposed body with rubbing alcohol, then take a cold shower, then wash with dish soap.

Anyways, I took a cold shower using regular soap. Then I put on a new pair of jeans.

Unfortunately, I am wearing those "new" jeans today. I don't think I ever washed them. I'm praying that it does not have any more of that awful urushiol oil on it.

What are the chances that I still had oil on my skin that came off on those jeans?

Yeah. I'm freaking paranoid. You would be too if you had it as bad as I did. For the record, the poison ivy was worse on my arms than my legs.

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Old 07-18-2008, 02:19 PM   #2
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This isn't going to help...

If you're as sensitive to poison ivy as it sounds, those jeans were probably a bad idea.

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Old 07-18-2008, 02:20 PM   #3
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I would think that you'd be itching and swelling up like crazy by now if there were any oils on the pants. RDWDSYS

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I have no reaction to poison ivy.

Does that help?

Srsly, that sounds like hell. Sorry dude...

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It's finally getting better too. I was half way in on the 45 minute commute when I realized.

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I would think that you'd be itching and swelling up like crazy by now if there were any oils on the pants. RDWDSYS
RDWDSYS? I don't know that one.
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Relax, Don't Worry, Don't Scratch YourSelf.

Or in Evan!s case, Relax, Don't Worry, Don't Scratch Your Scrotum.

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I just got over about 4 weeks of infected poison ivy, and I know it sucks. My leg was swollen, blistered, and red for what seems like forever. I don't think the jeans after that amount of time should be a problem.

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I just got over about 4 weeks of infected poison ivy, and I know it sucks. My leg was swollen, blistered, and red for what seems like forever. I don't think the jeans after that amount of time should be a problem.
Unfortunately, I don't think time has anything to do with it. From what I read, oil can remain on a surface for years. I'm starting to think that I'm overly paranoid though. If there was any oil that got on the jeans after the shower, it would be so small, that it would not be enough to cause a reaction. We'll see in 24 hours unless the reaction is instantaneous like some have suggested. Heh.
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Buy this stuff called Zanfel (sp?) it is about $50 for an ounce and they sell it at most RX stores. You rub it in and it feels like sandpapper scratching your skin. After you let it set for a minute then your rinse it off once again it feels like sandpaper. This stuff draws the poison out of your skin and it works great. I get poison ivy every year and keep this stuff in the rx cabinet all the time. Anytime a med tells me to rub my poison ivy and it feels good I am going to stick with that stuff for years!


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