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Old 01-27-2010, 02:24 PM   #1
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so i was hiking the other day and now i have an outbreak poison oak. do any of you know the best quickest way to get rid of it?

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Old 01-27-2010, 02:27 PM   #2
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get you some caladryl to dry it up

or just scratch it until you completely remove the poison ivy along with a lot of your skin

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Old 01-27-2010, 02:31 PM   #3
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Poison Ivy creates an oil called urushiol, this oil bonds with the skin and causes the rash. Once it is bonded there isn't much in the way of over the counter solutions, other than to just wait it out.

Info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urushio...act_dermatitis

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Old 01-27-2010, 02:33 PM   #4
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Brillo + bleach.

The best thing to do is not get it. I keep a bottle of Tecnu laying around for any forays into the woods or weeding the gardens. I simply follow the directions on the bottle and the outbreaks are minimal at worst.

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Old 01-27-2010, 02:36 PM   #5
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i have it in the worst two spots....

i dont think i would want to scratch my skin off.

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Old 01-27-2010, 02:36 PM   #6
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http://www.zanfel.com/help/

No joke, it works. It is expensive, but it works. They have it at Rite-Aids if you have any of those by you.

I have used it many times, and most of the time it is better after one treatment, just follow the directions to a T.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:36 PM   #7
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Hot saltwater baths and apply caladryl as your drying off.

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Old 01-27-2010, 02:37 PM   #8
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Best way: calamine lotion, available from any drug store.

Quickest way: sever the infected body part.

Happy to help.

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what's this got to do with beer?

Do not scratch, that just creates more damage. Wash regularly with poison ivy specific soap. Benedryl gel works great to stop the itching. It will go away in 10-14 days. So unless your covered head to toe, just wait it out.

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Good point, this really should be in general chit chat, not beer discussion. I missed that the first time through.

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