[GeoStL] Re: Poison ivy in winter

  • From: Laurie Elfrank <lwatermann@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Geocaching Newsgroup <geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 09:26:21 -0600

I'm very allergic but use Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub at the end of the day 
if I think I may have been exposed to PI. Works like a charm for me. 
-Laurie (Denmother)

Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 09:21:48 -0600
Subject: [GeoStL] Re: Poison ivy in winter
From: nrover@xxxxxxxxx
To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

I've wondered if using hand sanitizer would help or hurt with poison ivy... I 
always have some on had so that I can get the moldy wet cache log smell off my 
hands, but I've never used it for PI yet, seems like you would just rub the oil 
into your pores faster with that stuff. Anyone else use it?


On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 9:16 AM, Libby Morehead <gmalibby@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Jo and I use hand sanitizer after every venture into woodsy areas. Then 
cortisone10 at any hint of an itch. Jo calls it a miracle drug. Even with that 
we still manage to get it once in awhile but not as severely. Can't wait to 
feel well enough to cache again. Maybe by New Years. 

Sent from my iPad

On Nov 30, 2011, at 8:57 AM, Laura Million <laura.million21@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

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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