[GeoStL] Re: Poison ivy in winter

  • From: Laura Million <laura.million21@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 08:57:47 -0600

The vines carry the oil as I found out with my Christmas tree, the leaves
don't have to be present.

If you suspect you have been in poison ivy. Wash the affected with cool
water and lots and lots of soap. Don't use warm water because that opens
your pores and allows the oils to enter your skin faster. If you can wash
off the oil within 8 hours (I try for immediately), you will reduce the
risk of a breaking out. When I go caching in the woods, I always carry wet
wipes along, at least in the car. That way if I suspect I walked through
PI, I use one of those to wipe down immediately until I get to water.

On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 8:05 AM, Susan Ring <susanmring@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> -
> Since the "I love geocaching" thread turned into a PI in winter
> discussion...
> I know this is common knowledge for most folks on the list, but for those
> who don't know:
> The vines with the "hairy" roots are poison ivy and will give you a rash
> at any time of the year if you're sensitive to PI.
> I don't even touch them with gloves on for fear I'll touch the gloves to
> my skin later.
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