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[pct-l] poison oak in hiding/immunity
- Subject: [pct-l] poison oak in hiding/immunity
- From: tarbubble at yahoo.com (emma eyeball)
- Date: Thu Mar 3 19:37:42 2005
alas, i believe i was once immune. in all my lifetime
growing up & hiking in CA i never once had a reaction
from it (not that i sought it out, mind you). then
last Thanksgiving i did a scramble up a narrow creek
channel - lots of climbing and shimmying over and
under and through trees, vines and brush. never once
saw poison oak, but i guess it could have been sumac
that got me - i wouldn't recognize it.
within days i had a nasty rash on both forearms and on
my shins & calves. good gosh, the most torturous,
oozing, undying agony of itch i have ever experienced.
the only thing that helped was the clear
antihistamine ointment from Benadryl (i now carry a
small tube of it in my 1st aid kit). i actually now
have very pale scars on my arms & shins (i tried, i
really tried not to scratch).
i have since bought a poison ivy/oak/sumac treatment
kit. don't want to ever go through that again and
wouldn't wish it on any but my worst enemies.
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