Help! Poison Oak Rash!

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I hate PO rash. Its worse than Poison Ivy. And I had to go get a good dose on my arms and legs. My fault, I did not have dawn soap in the shower, and just used Fels Naptha. It was one of those hot humid days where I had already taken 2 showers, so maybe I was too fast the third time. A rainstorm had come and blew a tree down blocking the road to our neighborhood so I got my saw and cut it away but it was a bramble of vines.. Sigh- no good deed goes unpunished.

What is the current methods of relief? I ordered some snail mucus the ladies use in asian skin care but other than that it's antihistimines and hydrocortisone cream, and calamine right now.
 

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I hate PO rash. Its worse than Poison Ivy. And I had to go get a good dose on my arms and legs. My fault, I did not have dawn soap in the shower, and just used Fels Naptha. It was one of those hot humid days where I had already taken 2 showers, so maybe I was too fast the third time. A rainstorm had come and blew a tree down blocking the road to our neighborhood so I got my saw and cut it away but it was a bramble of vines.. Sigh- no good deed goes unpunished.

What is the current methods of relief? I ordered some snail mucus the ladies use in asian skin care but other than that it's antihistimines and hydrocortisone cream, and calamine right now.
it's a miserable time. i'd go to a redi-med for a bad case. over the counter stuff helps, but they have better pills at the redi-med.
 

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In all my years of living on the east coast and west coast, I didn't get Poison Oak until 2013. It was just a spot...calamine lotion kept it under control UNTIL>>>>>>>>>>>>> my body decided that it was going to react. Five days of massive reaction, no insurance, went to urgent care and voila! A pill or two took care of the hives, itching, welts, and other out of ordinary reactions my body was inventing.
 

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I understand corti-something-steriods like prednisone? are used. I had this 5% lidocaine cream that helped me sleep but I had T shirts on my arms.The clorox is interesting.
 

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I understand corti-something-steriods like prednisone? are used. I had this 5% lidocaine cream that helped me sleep but I had T shirts on my arms.The clorox is interesting.
Put a cup or two in a bathtub of cool to warm water and soak in it. Pat dry. Or you could run around the back yard and drip dry. LOL
 

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lidocaine
That was my first thought. Mostly, because it helps with bee stings.

A prescription steroid works so well on the rashes I get that I can, at least, imagine it helping.

I haven't been in poison oak misery since I was a kid down in @Rhodie Ranch country. It was a frequent problem whenever I was out in the woods. Calamine was the only thing Mom had and it sure wasn't enough.

It just might be that I moved away from it living here. There's poison ivy along the river but I recognize and stay out of it.

Steve
currently scratched up from rose bush pruning . totally minor by comparison
 

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I apologize but P. Oak Rash is one of the nastier 3rd degree chemical burns and we all like gross pictures. Hey - that is a good idea...somebody make thread with 3 plant threads underneath it based on burn definitions. You know 123.
 

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Would c/silver be of any use? It's worked on burns; it is possible it could heal chemical burns. Will look it up.
I've not researched snail mucus, but have read about it sometime ago, it was being trailed as a beauty treatment.
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