Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Poison Ivy

That's what this shit is. Mine looks different than most, but it's poison ivy. After I found out, I searched the internet for more information. There are things I never knew and I'm going to share.

While most often rash occurs 8-48 hours later, it CAN (and did) show up as many as 15 days after exposure. (well fuck me standing)

Scratching the rash, or any blisters if they occur, will only aggravate the skin and prolong the rash, it won't spread it. This contrary to common belief. (to hell with it. I'm scratching)

Over the counter topicals do little to ease the symptoms (no shit) and can in some cases increase skin irritation (I have discovered this to be true. A hex on benedryl).

Poison ivy rash is not contagious. It is the plant oil which causes rash and once washed from the person or clothing, there is no way to spread the rash. (A discovery... I have touched some very, very inconvenient places while in the vicinity of the damnable ivy)

One outbreak may appear to spread as new rashes continue to develop as much as a week apart, but all in the areas effected by the original contact. (I touch myself way too much)

Poison ivy rash can last around three weeks. (one and a half and counting. hand me the back scratcher)

Note to self: "Mia, never again have wanton sex in the bushes."

5 comments:

Molly Daniels said...

Lemon juice. It works wonders!

We had it in our backyard at the old house, and I swear I got it just by LOOKING at it. Never had it until 1999, and then even got it while wearing gloves and immediately showering after handling it. We think the dogs brought it in.

Dr. was stymied that I could even get it in January...I lived on steroids until I found the lemon juice cure. After bathing, simply take a cotton ball and dab it all over the rash. It stings at first, but will clear up in a few days, and kills the itch.

Sorry; didn't think of that last week! Didn't know you had it up there!

Rassles said...

I have a friend who got poison ivy on his dick after camping. This is the same friend who, several months later, popped Viagra for fun and had a hard on for two days.

I miss hanging out with that guy.

Rassles said...

Also, you have poison ivy! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Amber Skyze said...

You just HAVE to be different don't you! lol

Hope you feel better soon. Doesn't sound like fun. And stay out of the bushes, will ya.

Julia Barrett said...

You poor thing! My husband got poison oak all over his body when he crashed on his mountain bike. Took two months to finally go away! No more sex in the bushes for you, young lady! Tsk...tsk.