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Old 08-03-2015, 02:36 PM   #16
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The best solution is to immediately (within 10 minutes, or don't bother as it's too late) wash with lots of soapy water, rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat.

You MUST get the oil off of you and your clothing.

Remember that the oil gets on ALL part of your clothing and stays active for a very long time (One to five years).

You wear gloves? That's great. But, then you pick them up again in a few weeks, and there ya go, the oil is on your fingers, and it finds it's way to all those other places you don't want it.

Get it on your yard tools? Same deal.
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Old 08-03-2015, 03:46 PM   #17
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Get the shot and then a followup prescription for oral.

Poison ivy does not "spread" after initial contact. Different parts of the body react at different rates to the exposure to the uroshoil oil. Once you develop the contact dermatitis, the oil is pretty much gone and your skin is reacting to the exposure. If you have different parts of your body that continue to develop the rash you may be exposing yourself to more of the plant somewhere in your home. Pets are sometimes overlooked.

Don't waste your money on the OTC washes. They don't work any better than cheaper alternatives. If you know or you think you have been exposed, wash immediately. But don't wash with warm water. Use a degreaser lotion soap (like they use in auto body shops) or fels-naptha. Use cold water initially. This will keep your pores closed. I know it seems intuitive to use warm or hot water to break down the oils but studies show you're better off using lots of soap and cold water initially.

And don't touch anything that has been exposed, like your clothes. They can be washed in warm or hot water with plenty of detergent.

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