Ask a Question forum: Oh Lord! I NEED to shave, but have Poison Ivy!

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2
Views: 509, Replies: 22 » Jump to the end
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Image
bhart90
Aug 26, 2016 6:06 PM CST
Seriously, I bet if I walked downtown tomorrow, people would toss coins at me.
Anyone have advice?
Brenden
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
Aug 26, 2016 6:14 PM CST
Well, with a rash it might be awhile before you can shave but for the itch of poison ivy, I'd suggest a product called Ivarest! I volunteered for a couple of years at a botanical garden and it seems like lots of volunteers at some point or other got into poison ivy . I got into a patch one day before I realized what it was and ended up with an aggravating itchy rash. One of the volunteers told me about Ivarest and it worked like a charm for relieving the awful itch.
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
Aug 26, 2016 6:16 PM CST
Here's a link to info about the product: http://www.ivarest.com/ I got it at either Walmart or Walgreens ...
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
Image
greene
Aug 26, 2016 7:03 PM CST
Please, do not shave!!!
Poison Ivy on the face is no joke . You should see a doctor ASAP. It may be that you are a good candidate for steroid (either pills or injection) which should reduce the time that you suffer...and reduce the amount of time you look like a bum trend setter Thumbs up .
Good luck and hope you feel better soon.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped beta test the first seed swap Region: United States of America Region: Michigan
Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Birds Butterflies Dog Lover Cat Lover
Image
Weedwhacker
Aug 26, 2016 9:20 PM CST
I agree with Greene, Brenden -- see a doctor, and just own the look; pretend you're in witness protection or something.
"Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself, for he shall never cease to be entertained."
- John Powell / Cubits.org - A Universe of Communities
/ Share your recipes: Favorite Recipes A-Z cubit
C/F temp conversion / NGA Member Map
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Image
bhart90
Aug 27, 2016 10:59 AM CST
Weedwhacker said:I agree with Greene, Brenden -- see a doctor, and just own the look; pretend you're in witness protection or something.


Bahahahahahahwa sandy!

Great way to start a vacation huh
Brenden
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped beta test the first seed swap Region: United States of America Region: Michigan
Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Birds Butterflies Dog Lover Cat Lover
Image
Weedwhacker
Aug 27, 2016 4:20 PM CST
bhart90 said:

Great way to start a vacation huh


Oh boy -- not so much! But, you'll be able to tell the story for years to come... Big Grin
"Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself, for he shall never cease to be entertained."
- John Powell / Cubits.org - A Universe of Communities
/ Share your recipes: Favorite Recipes A-Z cubit
C/F temp conversion / NGA Member Map
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
Image
kittriana
Aug 27, 2016 4:58 PM CST
Me. Hydrocortizone and prednisolone shot, stay out of the heat! Those bumps can spread poison ivy anywhere they touch. Seriously. I have to check the links above, see what folks recommend. If you see jewelweed...or if you KNOW you came in contact, stop immediately and go flush skin with vinegar and water, and stay where its cool and you might minimize the damage. No sweating!
kitt
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Region: North Carolina Bookworm
Image
MISSINGROSIE
Aug 27, 2016 7:02 PM CST
Poison ivy can't spread from theeruptions/ vesicles whether intact or weeping. It only can be gotten from the plant oil. Can't catch it from another person or spread it from body part to body part ...unless there is the plant oil that is being touched and recycled. It can be on gloves, shovel handle, pets, shoes, anything that came in contact with the plant and picked up the dastardly stuff.

Once..a friend could not figure why she kept getting breakouts on her legs.

Turns out she fell with her bike in a patch ( she knew that ) and the bike picked up the oils and each time she rode..she gotva dose. Took her a month to figure it out.
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
Plant Identifier Garden Sages
Image
stone
Aug 29, 2016 7:47 AM CST
I've always had good results with lye soap...

The secret is to make the skin less oily.
Next time... Wash with soap immediately after exposure.... And you probably won't break out.

Re the rash you have now?
Agree with grow a beard.

The secret to healing faster... Is to stop irritating the rash.... If you can stop scratching, you don't actually need to treat the problem area(s). But... Yeah, shaving seems like just the thing to make the rash larger...
[Last edited by stone - Aug 29, 2016 7:50 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1256462 (10)
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
Image
kittriana
Aug 29, 2016 12:34 PM CST
Maybe I am super allergic, but the weep on me added new blisters. Also watch for beloved cats who stroll the woods to come strop your legs and spread the oil to you!
kitt
New York (Zone 5a)
Finnyc
Aug 29, 2016 1:24 PM CST
Do you have small pair of shears? You could trim the hairs away, otherwise you should not shave with irritated skin. Calamine lotion is good to keep the itch at bay, other wise it is really a matter of letting it take its coarse.
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Image
bhart90
Aug 29, 2016 1:55 PM CST
MISSINGROSIE said:Poison ivy can't spread from theeruptions/ vesicles whether intact or weeping. It only can be gotten from the plant oil. Can't catch it from another person or spread it from body part to body part ...unless there is the plant oil that is being touched and recycled. It can be on gloves, shovel handle, pets, shoes, anything that came in contact with the plant and picked up the dastardly stuff.

Once..a friend could not figure why she kept getting breakouts on her legs.

Turns out she fell with her bike in a patch ( she knew that ) and the bike picked up the oils and each time she rode..she gotva dose. Took her a month to figure it out.


Man, I got more spots showing up too, but don't know where to start, I bet it's on my car seat
Brenden
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 29, 2016 4:16 PM CST
It's been a few days. I'll bet your 3-day beard growth is really stylin' right now like all the young guys!! Thumbs up
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
Image
greene
Aug 29, 2016 4:27 PM CST
bhart90 said:
I bet it's on my car seat


Whatever you do, don't wear shorts in that car!!

But seriously, have you cleaned all the surfaces from the eventful day? The stuff can remain active for years.
The lye soap works good, also Fels-Naptha bar soap but there are products designed to remove the Urushiol oil from surfaces like the door handle on the car, the car seat, steering wheel, emergency brake handle, the clothes you were wearing on that day, your shoes, etc.

Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Region: North Carolina Bookworm
Image
MISSINGROSIE
Aug 29, 2016 8:38 PM CST
Also ..the spots of eruption can show up over the course of several days. It isn't an all at once thing. You may have gotten a bigger dose of the oil on certain areas...and on other spots a trace..or...it can be as you fear..the oil is on a seat or something you used.

Gloves are a biggie and tool handles..

Right now my son is covered..he was outside pulling vines ....and THEN after 10 minutes decided to get gloves on and a long sleeved shirt..etc. Instead of getting a steroid first sign that he had a good dose....he waited until the skin was weeping and one eye totally shut..the urgent care doc said this year was a horrible year for it. He has treated many more folks than usual. So the weather/ moisture must have been just right in the piedmont of NC.
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Image
bhart90
Aug 30, 2016 9:57 AM CST
MISSINGROSIE said:Also ..the spots of eruption can show up over the course of several days. It isn't an all at once thing. You may have gotten a bigger dose of the oil on certain areas...and on other spots a trace..or...it can be as you fear..the oil is on a seat or something you used.

Gloves are a biggie and tool handles..

Right now my son is covered..he was outside pulling vines ....and THEN after 10 minutes decided to get gloves on and a long sleeved shirt..etc. Instead of getting a steroid first sign that he had a good dose....he waited until the skin was weeping and one eye totally shut..the urgent care doc said this year was a horrible year for it. He has treated many more folks than usual. So the weather/ moisture must have been just right in the piedmont of NC.

Amen, sorry on behalf of him too I know the pain, o e year I decided to be a bada...and rip vines off, shirtless from a tree, man, that was some week.....

I got clorox wipes I'm taking with me, everywhere I go at home today.

feel like bubbleboy haha
Brenden
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Region: North Carolina Bookworm
Image
MISSINGROSIE
Aug 30, 2016 10:04 AM CST
Hahahaha. You will figure it out.
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Donna
Mid Shore, Maryland (Zone 7a)
Houseplants Bee Lover Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies
Spiders! Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Vegetable Grower Composter Container Gardener
Image
Shy_gardener
Aug 30, 2016 12:41 PM CST
Brenden,

Poison is the worse thing in the summer. You poor thing. I see your using Clorox, so I'll share....

I've become terribly allergic to the poison plants as I've gotten older.

The only thing works for me is to take a bottle of bleach in the shower with me, with a white wash cloth.
put some bleach on the cloth and really rub the area I have poison at or came in contact with poison plants.
Then rinse my skin well.... other wise I get covered in no time... must scratch at night.

Be sure not to rub any bleach near your eyes though...

It will take several times, of bleaching if your good and covered, and you will feel some heat...
But it will dry it out and kill the poison...

"If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live." ~ Albert Einstein
[Last edited by Shy_gardner - Aug 30, 2016 2:42 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1257738 (19)
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Image
bhart90
Aug 31, 2016 7:12 PM CST
Shy_gardner said:Brenden,

Poison is the worse thing in the summer. You poor thing. I see your using Clorox, so I'll share....

I've become terribly allergic to the poison plants as I've gotten older.

The only thing works for me is to take a bottle of bleach in the shower with me, with a white wash cloth.
put some bleach on the cloth and really rub the area I have poison at or came in contact with poison plants.
Then rinse my skin well.... other wise I get covered in no time... must scratch at night.

Be sure not to rub any bleach near your eyes though...

It will take several times, of bleaching if your good and covered, and you will feel some heat...
But it will dry it out and kill the poison...



God, haha. Sounds like some Rambo stuff, hope I'm manly enough!

It's actually going away now. Just the nasty after-skin I won't get into.

I've been using exfoliating beads every night I shower, something tells me it helped. But who knows!
Brenden

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by Paul2032 and is called "French Marigold"