[GeoStL] Re: Poison ivy in winter

  • From: Susan Ring <susanmring@xxxxxxx>
  • To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:38:57 -0600

Not sure exactly how sanitizer works, but it's always worked for me.  Maybe it 
is the alcohol, because I've had good luck with wiping down the exposed skin 
with wet naps also (they usually have some alcohol in them too)

On Nov 30, 2011, at 9:34 AM, Libby Morehead wrote:

> It has alcohol in it which we believe breaks down the oil. May be our wishful 
> thinking. 
> Sent from my iPad
> On Nov 30, 2011, at 9:26 AM, Laurie Elfrank <lwatermann@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> 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?
>> -Nathan
>> 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. 
>> Libby
>> Sent from my iPad
>> On Nov 30, 2011, at 8:57 AM, Laura Million <laura.million21@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Also...
>> 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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