RE: [CentralTexasGeocachers] First Annual On-Line seminar on POISON IVY
- There use to be a product called ImuIvey we took every three months when
I was a land surveyor. Does anyone know if they still make it?
From: Candy Lind [mailto:candylind@...]
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 4:40 AM
Subject: [CentralTexasGeocachers] First Annual On-Line seminar on POISON
I just read a post from someone who cannot attend the Geo-
Extravaganza in FW because he has Poison Ivy, so I thought I would
publish my first annual online seminar on Poison Ivy (hereafter
referred to as PI) and its prevention.
FIRST AND FOREMOST: Learn what it looks like in all its forms! If you
are from up north, it is NOT the little shiny-leaved specimen you are
used to. Here, it grows large and lush; the leaves are soft, not hard
and shiny. The vines can get as big around as your arm and cover a
tree so it LOOKS like a PI tree! If you see vines on the trees that
have LOTS of those little "grabber" tendrils on them (they look hairy
almost), it is more likely PI than grape vines. If you are not
absolutely sure you can recognize it from plantlet to giant vine
size, winter or summer, go out with someone who is severly allergic
and knows what they are looking for (my hubby and I come to mind
immediately). Then AVOID IT.
Some places with facts about and pictures of PI (some are hawking
their products, but the info is good):
A GREAT site with a "test" you can take:
A light brush by undamaged leaves will not hurt you; it is bruised
and broken leaves, stems, and vines that apply the URUSHIOL (the
toxic and irritating oil) to your skin and clothes. Wayne made the
mistake of clipping some PI that was at a cache site last year, and
ended up on steroids yet again. "Leaves of 3? LET IT BE."
If you think you have come in contact with PI, CLEAN UP EVERYTHING.
Don't sit down anywhere in your house in contaminated clothing. Wash
clothes (including undies) in hot water if possible, and leave plenty
of room in the washer so they agitate thoroughly. Wipe down your
equipment with GOJO or Tec-Nu. Clean up your shoes, too. Scrub with
soap and water if feasible. If you have leather hikers, it's better
just to assume they have urushiol on them, stay in the habit of
keeping your hands off your face, and clean up from head to toe after
Now for all the modern wizardry and science we have learned in the
past year. Do you know about Tec-Nu yet?? It is a cleaner you use
when you think you have come in contact with P.I. to PREVENT the
outbreak. Read about it here:
THEN, go to WalMart or a drug store (and/or a car parts place) and
get some Tec-Nu and some cheapo store-brand "GoJo" (the white stuff).
Why both? Because Tec-Nu is about $5 for 4 ounces, and GoJo works
just as well on not-so-sensitive parts. We use Tec-Nu on our faces,
necks, ears, etc. and GoJo on the rest of our bodies. I'm allergic,
and hubby Wayne is VERY allergic, and once we started a thorough
cleaning-from-head-to-toe regimen with these two things, we didn't
have any more major outbreaks.
There is this other "miracle cure" for PI ... Zanfel. It is FORTY
DOLLARS A TUBE! OUCH! But if you have a small breakout that hasn't
gone systemic, and use it according to directions, it seems to break
up the oils and clear the rash. Active chemical ingredient? Nonoxynol-
9 (yeah, the contraceptive!). I have it in my head that it is a
combination of the N-9 and the scrubbing micro beads they put in the
stuff that makes it work. I'm working on a "home recipe" for it, but
it will take a while to "proof out" since I try NOT to catch PI in
the first place!
We are also taking a new tack this year; Wayne wants to try
homeopathic toxicodendron (P.I. in a pill!) treatment. We heard that
very allergic people can take it to increase their resistance
temporarily and keep any breakouts from being as bad. I'll get back
to you on how it works (if you remind me next winter! LOL).
Info at: http://www.homeopathyworks.com/poisonivy.htm
I've said enough! I hope this information keeps you PI free for the
summer of 2003. If anyone else has a favorite med/remedy/website or
information I missed, please post it! And thanks.
Happy Trails, and watch those 3-leaves!!
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