r/Wellthatsucks 8d ago

One of my kids brought poison ivy into the house, now my hands look like this. Every bump is a blister /r/all

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u/jxwtf585 8d ago

Well if the rumor about itchy palms is true at least you'll be rich soon!

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u/irishjihad 8d ago

What if it's from the hairy palms?

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u/bigk777 8d ago

Soooooo, what's her name?

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u/stevegoodsex 8d ago

Palmala Handerson

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u/ericstern 8d ago

Pamalama ding dong

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u/DINKY_DICK_DAVE 8d ago

Christina Handricks.

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u/MyFaceYourFist 8d ago

Rosey Palm and her five sisters

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u/starrpamph 8d ago

Handy Mandy

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u/selfawarefeline 8d ago

Bare in the Big Blue Balls

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u/Pokemondude01928 8d ago

When the itch is overwhelming, run your hands under VERY hot tap water for a bit.. feels great.

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u/Redrocks130 7d ago

Do not do this! It feels like a thousand orgasms but it makes it much worse in the long run. I had to go to the hospital when my poison ivy burst open because I was basically masturbating with the hot water.

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u/Race4Space 8d ago

It doesn’t feel great, it feels fucking euphoric. You get blasted with an intense dopamine rush that I can’t replicate sober. I use this trick with eczema regularly. The water has to be hot though, like almost scolding hot, or it doesn’t work

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u/HyggetEU 8d ago

I had no clue what eczema was, so at first I thought you were some sort of madman running around grabbing poison ivy since it sounded like a regular thing.

Took me way too long to realize eczema was a skin condition

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u/Sublitereal 8d ago

Hol up. Are you the guy from TIFU?

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u/Maracuja_Sagrado 8d ago

Imagine if he tried masturbating with those hands

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u/SueZbell 8d ago

Underrated comment. Have an upvote.

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u/Dahvido 8d ago

I’m out of the loop…

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u/AsphiXiate8888 8d ago

Go to the Dr. ASAP. You are going to have a demon under your skin for two weeks if not more.

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u/trevdak2 8d ago

I'm well aware of what's coming, at this point there's no cure but I can do things to make it more comfortable

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u/inuhi 8d ago

The steroids doctors give are pretty effective maybe not a cure but definitely speed the process up significantly. Never had it on my hands like that not sure if that warrants roids like getting it on your face does. I’ve had it virtually everywhere else though and at the same time too. Like my private parts, my face, and just about everywhere besides my feet and hands well maybe a small cluster or two.

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u/antirabbit 8d ago

I've used those in the past after > 1 week of other stuff did nothing. It worked miraculously, but they had quite a long list of side-effects associated with long-term (> 2 weeks) use.

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u/SausageGobbler69 8d ago

I’ve been prescribed steroids for poison ivy a few times. Each time the main side effect I had was irrational anger. I was just a miserable shitty angry person for no reason. I’ll pass on them next time.

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u/JLPEACOCK 7d ago

Irrational anger and insatiable hunger

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u/Bm07davi 7d ago

Thanks Prednisone! You're the best!

It was nice getting my asthma relatively well controlled with an inhaler and not bring on that mess frequently.

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u/Prestigious-Move6996 7d ago

Why y'all rolling in poison ivy?

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u/ghpkhg 7d ago

Where I grew up in the south, it’s just kind of around. Weedeating would get it all over you…sometimes. Just playing outside in the woods could be a way to get it. It’s just around within the other plants

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u/faceinspanish 7d ago

Yep, same for me when I got a steroid shot for a really bad case of poison ivy. Had what felt like a manic episode. Everybody is different though 😅

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u/soidonno 7d ago

I too got the massive grumpies for no reason. By the afternoon of day 2 i swore to never take them again. It was awwwwful.

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u/bubbzzy 8d ago

When I was a teenager I had poison ivy literally head to toe in every conceivable part it was excruciating so I ended up going to the ER and they gave me some kind of steroid and within 24hrs it was all gone. I use to be highly allergic to it like the kind of allergic that if the wind blew the wrong way I would catch it but ever since that shot I have yet to get it again. Needless to say that shot was amazing and I wish I had gone earlier to the ER.

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u/HasaDiga_Eebowai 8d ago

Ya same story. Spent a couple of very miserable days stubbornly avoiding the doctor. Meanwhile the poison oak rash spread to my eyes. 2 hours after the steroid shot in my ass I felt so much better

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u/PugilisticCat 8d ago

Reading all of this shit makes me so glad that I'm not allergic to ivy, sumac, or oak.

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u/GuyInTheYonder 8d ago

Don't flaunt your immunity though, it can go away with repeated exposure

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u/Orinna 8d ago

My husband pulled a "weed" out from under our deck and then went inside and used the bathroom without washing his hands first. Turns out it was poison ivy. He had to get steroids. It was...not a good situation. The...funny part(it wasn't actually that funny...but it was mildly amusing and mostly horrifying) was that he got this special soap you use to make it itch less for short periods of time. And he was washing like 5 times a day. He ended up irritating the skin so much that even after the blisters went away it was painful and itchy. I finally convinced him to stop washing and just...live the hell for a few days. He finally did that and was ok a few days later. He refuses to go near anything that looks suspicious now. I don't blame him at all.

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u/Hudsonrybicki 8d ago

I’m rehabbing a wooded area of my yard and have filled many black garbage bags full of the demon weed. Poison Ivy has been a constant in my life since it appeared this spring. Ive found that the best treatment is simple cold. It can be a shower, spray from the hose or an ice pack…anything that’ll get your skin nice and cold. It seems to reduce the inflammation and itching far longer than any OTC treatment, plus it’s free and there are no side effects as long as you don’t cause frostbite.

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u/LUICHEESE 8d ago

Serious cold blocks the histamine reaction. When I have very bad allergies sometimes an ice pack on my nose and eyes is the only way to stop it.

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u/Whatdoyouseek 8d ago

No shit really? I'm going to have to try that next time.

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u/lovepig1337 8d ago

Buy some Tecnu.

It's a cream you put on your skin after working with poison oak/ivy. If you use it within a few hours you don't get any reaction.

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u/Hudsonrybicki 7d ago

I finally got a scrub made by them. I use it on my arms right after I’m done removing a big patch of poison ivy. It does a phenomenal job getting my hands clean, so that’s a bonus.

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u/Aethermancer 8d ago

I used to get poison ivy bad (like considering skin graft bad)

I take a cool shower with dawn dish soap instead of normal soap. I work from my extremities like my hands to make sure they are super clean before working on my face and then down my body.

Dawn is hands down one of the best ways to remove urushiol. I also got used to working in full length clothes that I remove by peeling them off.

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u/PeterPanLives 7d ago

I had a patch in my yard for a while. Whatever I did it kept coming back, until I started using Roundup on it. (Yes Monsanto/Bayer is the devil, but that stuff worked)

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u/spaceman_spiffy 8d ago

I learned recently (from reddit) that the reaction is to oil left behind you can’t easily clean. It might still be on your hands. You should use dawn to clean them like you would after getting car grease on your hands

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u/Laceysniffs 8d ago

I've gotten angry enough at my poison ivy I've abrasively washed it doused with rubbing alcohol then dryed off and followed it with peroxide. Dried and gone in two days.

If you wash with dawn with in 5-10 mins of you touching it you might stop it as it takes time to absorb the oils.

The oils can stay on unwashed fabrics and effect you for over a year. Make sure they get washed. If you have pets watch where they rub outside or in shoes

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u/laralye 8d ago

The oils can apparently last for as long as ~13 years or more, so yeah definitely wash everything you can!!!

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u/Laceysniffs 8d ago

Holy crap that's way worse. I get it from seeing it on t.v. I'm so allergic. Lol

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u/ttv_MermaidUnicorn 8d ago

I had TERRIBLE poison ivy to the point where benadryl and calamine lotion did not cut it. Also I didn't realize it was poison ivy, I itched it, and itching it caused it to spread. Everywhere I touched. From my toes to my face. So do NOT Itch and if you do, wash your hands immediately to prevent spreading. And if it's bad, your doc can give you these pills that are autonomic nervous system suppressants. They basically turn your itch (and the rest of your automatic responses) down. Makes you sleepy though but definitely better than burning in the pits of fiery ivy hell.

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u/Hazmat616 8d ago

Time to scratch your balls.

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u/trevdak2 8d ago

Hah, I'm actually really allergic to it, and the first sign I'm about to have a bad reaction is my scrotum contracts very tightly and its skin dries up and flakes off

So that was my first clue to take some benadryl before my palms started to blister

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u/Hazmat616 8d ago

Fascinating

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u/trevdak2 8d ago

Here I'll send you a picture

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u/trevdak2 8d ago

(Just kidding)

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u/thehelldoesthatmean 8d ago

Of course you wouldn't really, but that comment made think about how cavalier the people over at r/askdocs are about showing their junk. It's like every post.

"Hey, I've got this weird elbow bump. Can someone tell me what it is?"

-Posts photo of a scrotum stretched out like a bat wing-

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u/30to40bees 8d ago

"like a bat wing"

just have to give props to this inspired choice of words

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u/Fundler 7d ago

Have you seen the movie "Wating..."?

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u/pataky07 8d ago

You shouldn’t have been :)

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u/Known_Contact 8d ago

I read that with a Mr. Spock voice.

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u/ilostmymind_ 8d ago

Read it in Chubbyemu voice

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u/LocationBrightSide 8d ago

The more you know!

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u/pabut 8d ago

Get thee to a dermatologist… over the counter stuff is worthless.

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u/trevdak2 8d ago

Yep, this isn't my first rodeo, I'm horribly allergic to the stuff

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u/pabut 8d ago

Yep here too … I can’t even look at the stuff. Once landed me in the ER. RE the over the counter stuff the ER doc said “it’s like treating a burning house with a garden hose”

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u/Julia_Kat 8d ago

We were on vacation on July 4th and had to go to the ER because it was on my face, specifically my eyelids and I couldn't open one of my eyes. That was so much fun.

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u/Wbattle88 8d ago

Ouch!! The eye lid sounds brutal. My highlights are a stray cat rubbing against my legs turned into ankles the size of my thighs, and as a kid peeing the the woods after unknowingly walking through it and getting it on my hands.

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u/I_am_the_Warchief 8d ago

As a child the guy next door decided to burn his overgrown brush piles late in the evening and the wind blew the smoke into the yard where I was. All I remember is waking up in the hospital and being told that a couple of days had gone by. Poison ivy is some nasty stuff by itself and only gets worse when burned.

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u/Butlerian_Jihadi 8d ago

So sorry you had to experience that, and thank you for sharing this valuable information! Burning poison ivy, oak, mountain laurel, and some other plants can be very, very dangerous.

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u/vengefulbeavergod 8d ago

Giant hogweed!

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u/blue_kush1 8d ago

I don't even want to know what this does to people while burning

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u/Learned_Hand_01 8d ago

As a child in the 70’s I rode my bike through some smoke from a guy burning brush in a suburban culdesac. I got it in the shape of the stylish V neck shirt I was wearing.

It’s a good thing I held my breath because I didn’t want to inhale smoke.

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u/Spag_n_balls 8d ago

Holy shit, that is nightmare material.

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u/KingBarbarosa 8d ago edited 8d ago

happened to me in like the 3rd grade, my hands swelled up and so did my face. It was absolutely awful

edit; forgot to mention i was at school when it happened, so embarrassing

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u/sender2bender 8d ago

I got sumac on my D. Removing shrubs, touched the stuff and took a pp. My unit got so big and itchy and leaked puss. It tickled but hurt at the same time. Eventually I couldn't wear pants, rubbing on them made it worse and I had to go to the ER and get some good stuff to rub in

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u/datsall 8d ago

Is it true that some people are not allergic to it at all? Grew up in the woods basically and never have had a reaction to poison oak or ivy or sumac

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u/nysplanner 8d ago

It's true but immunity may not be a forever kind of thing. I've never gotten it either and I've been camping and hiking my whole life. Apparently, I can still get the ivy though if my immunity changes (lapses?). I'm not sure the scientific details. This Podcast Will Kill You did an episode on it.

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u/Madethisfortgispost 8d ago

I’m no longer immune. Found out the hard way about a year ago after my whole life of not having to worry about it. Also gained a shellfish allergy so that’s fun too.

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u/HardestTurdToSwallow 8d ago

Isn't aging fun!

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u/thebestboner 8d ago

When I was younger, I never used to get it. Now I've gotten it four years in a row. Apparently you can be exposed a few times and not have a reaction, but eventually your body develops a sensitivity to it. So even if you're not currently allergic to it, just do your best to avoid it anyway. The shit is vile. I'm on my fourth week of itching despite getting a shot and going through two rounds of steroids.

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u/Kcuff_Trump 8d ago

I'm allergic as fuck; fortunately for me my dad has basically no reaction whatsoever and visits every couple months, so every summer he clears it all out for me. Cannot even express how awesome it is and thankful I am.

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u/mrjackspade 8d ago

I knew a kid that wasn't.

Watched him walk right fucking through huge patches of it.

Kid was an assholes though.

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u/Mycoxadril 8d ago

I’m almost 40 and don’t even know what it looks like. I grew up playing in woods, marshes, camping, hiking. Now I do those things with my kids and none of us have any idea. Are we mutants?

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u/SquareSquirrel4 8d ago

I'm over 40 and would really struggle to identify poison ivy, and there's no chance I could spot poison oak or sumac. The extent of my knowledge is "leaves of three, let it be." Even though I grew up deep in the northwoods, I've never had a reaction to any of those plants, so I never learned to look for them.

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u/OutlanderMom 8d ago

My hubby doesn’t react to it unless he fails to shower within a few hours. I get it mildly unless I’ve rolled in it. One of my kids just SEES poison ivy and has a terrible oozing rash. But we all tend to be more allergic to stuff as we age. Plus we react worse each time we are exposed.

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u/confuciusly 8d ago

At the first sign or if you think you might have come in contact with poison ivy, a cold shower with dish washing soap (dawn) is the best thing you can do.

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u/Try-Narrow 8d ago

It is of the utmost importance that you use a rag or loofah or scrubby brush or something besides just soap. The additional friction is necessary in order to remove the oils from the plant from your skin.

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u/Orion14159 8d ago

Oooof. Hope you're better soon OP. I'm allergic to it too and I usually end up on Prednisone for it. That stuff is magic.

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u/mabs653 8d ago

when i got poison ivy i just went to a general practitioner. when it was bad i got a shot of something to help it go away and a prescription for some cream. you dont need a dermatologist.

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u/Peeping_thom 8d ago

They just jack you up with a steroid shot and give you prednisone. If you know you’ve gotten into it you have a couple of hours to get it washed off. Scrub the fuck out of it with dawn dishsoap and a wash cloth.

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u/potential1 8d ago

If its available in your area buy fels-naptha soap. I swear it's the best thing for posion ivy short of steroids. Maybe even better in some cases. My dads buddies used it while serving in Vietnam. I've never bought another "posion ivy" product after using it. It pulls all the ivy oil out of the skin, leaving you itch free for around 2hrs. If you keep using it and dont scratch you will clear up in about 3 days.

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u/hey_im_noah 8d ago

The fluid in poison ivy blisters isnt the oil, and the rash won't spread from scratching

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u/Kcuff_Trump 8d ago

The actual oil is gone as soon as you wash it the first time after exposure. I'm terribly allergic but haven't had more than a few tiny spots in a couple decades because I always immediately go shower if there's any chance whatsoever I came in contact with it.

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u/Lord_Blathoxi 8d ago

That sounds more like Foot & Mouth disease, honestly. Has there been any barfing yet?

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u/trevdak2 8d ago

When I say my son brought poison ivy into the house, I mean literal leaves. He's 3. I threw them out but didn't realize until later what they were

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u/TheOperativeGoblin 8d ago

How is he doing?

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u/trevdak2 8d ago

He's fine, not allergic at all

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u/rolandofeld19 8d ago

Be aware that it acts as a sensitizer as well. First exposures can be markedly less intense as subsequent ones as your body learns to fight hard. I've been exposed a half dozen times and each one has been worse than the last with the first one or two being nothing or "huh guess I'm the lucky ‰ that's immune"... Nope.

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u/brink9109 8d ago

Yep, I used to be able to roll in it with nothing and now I’m decked like a bee keeper around it

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u/lostallmyconnex 8d ago

What's that? I have small bumps on my fingers knucke area that form during the summer, got told it was some type of eczema. So i am curious

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u/oldWashcloth 8d ago

I also have this and was told its a form of eczema. Only in the summer time. Sweat seems to make whatever it is worse. Oh and it only started happening after I had my first kid.

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u/lostallmyconnex 8d ago

Yeah I have issues with the heat to begin with, so these bumps are so... annoying. If I ignore, they spread all over my hands.

Not anywhere else on my body.

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u/snappkrackle 8d ago

I get them on hands and feet. Dr. gave me a steroid cream a dozen years ago or so and it didn’t do anything but make my skin slimy feeling and it itched way worse. And when the little blisters pop they dry out and my skin peels.

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u/lostallmyconnex 8d ago

My treatment is using a cream called ozonal which you can buy OTC. Then covering with bandages. Without air they seem to pop and then become dead skin and disappear

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u/crissyandthediamonds 8d ago

HFM (hand foot mouth) is a a virus that spreads like wildfire, typically among young children. Adults can get it, but are much less susceptible and usually get very mild symptoms. The adults I’ve known who had it barely realized, except for one who had an autoimmune disorder and she got a severe case.

It’s an absolute nightmare to eliminate from rooms and spreads so fast. I’m a preschool teacher and it pops up occasionally, usually in the spring, and every time we think we’ve eliminated it and sanitized everything head to toe, another one gets it and the process starts again.

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u/lostallmyconnex 8d ago

I remember those days... I could never believe how many of my fellow kindergarten students got lice or bedbugs. I became a germaphobe.

I don't know how I would have survived those heebie jeebies

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u/ForeverRescue21 8d ago

What can the derm do? Last time I got it my Primary Care gave me steroids. Is that what a derm would do or do they have something else?

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u/5figur 8d ago

Dermatology - 100 different diagnoses, 1 treatment.

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u/lauduch 8d ago

Steroids work well, no there isnt much more that a dermatologist can do. Soak them in cold water to help with the itch and swelling.

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u/irishjihad 8d ago

Just cut the hands off.

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u/[deleted] 8d ago

Pop the blisters first!

It's environmentally friendly bubble wrap.

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u/JimiDarkMoon 8d ago

Rub some mud into it after, then hold onto some old nuts and bolts. Red lines on your arms will indicate it is working!

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u/pabut 8d ago

I got some magic prescription cream that cleared it all up in two days.

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u/SueZbell 8d ago

There are shots that help (sister gets those) and even liquid medicines that can help with the itching (periactin, I think) some. Covering it w/pet jelly to block it from getting air and covering it w/bandages can help stop the mindless ongoing scratching (which was a huge part of my problem ... spreading it)..

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u/Rain_Braid 8d ago

Technu products always work for me, especially the scrub.

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u/Sillyist 8d ago

The thought of having itchy palms is very unsettling

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u/bekcy 8d ago

You've never had itchy palms before?

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u/Lark_vi_Britannia 8d ago

Only the one on the inside of where the thumb is, just under the skin, that doesn't go away when you try to scratch it, so you massage it a bit and that still doesn't help and the itch is still there hours later pestering you while you're trying to sleep and nothing will stop it until randomly it just suddenly doesn't itch anymore.

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u/2wiceashard 8d ago

I occasionally experience that in my big toe and bottom of my foot.

Very annoying.

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u/Lark_vi_Britannia 8d ago

Ah yes, the big toe inside itch. That one is even more annoying than the palm one.

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u/2wiceashard 8d ago

Let's trade then, yeah?

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u/Sillyist 8d ago

Not that I can remember, weird right?

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u/SamL214 8d ago

weep for people with eczema....

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u/Shinywheelsx4 8d ago

Some old folks say that means you have money coming. Idk if it applies if your hands are bumpy.

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u/artofflight2311 8d ago

I always have itchy palms, due to eczema. Still waiting for that money!

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u/Sambo_4 8d ago

How come when ever I touch poison ivy nothing happens

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u/BrandynBlaze 8d ago

When my dad was a kid he realized he wasn’t allergic to poison oak. He used to rub it on his face to impress his friends. My grandmother was very allergic to it however and she got it from his cloths on a regular basis…

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u/Super_Flea 8d ago

I had something similar. My grandpa used to have a massive patch of poison ivy next to his property. Since I was the only one not allergic to the stuff I always had to be the one to retrieve the ball if it got knocked into it.

Eventually, I went and grabbed the ball one time and then my cousin start down in a chair I used shortly after. Needles to say she had a very itchy ass for a while.

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u/AwkwardShip 8d ago

Same. Im not allergic to it. Unfortunately that means I’m the only person in the house that can mow the yard.

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u/kamelizann 8d ago

I had a horrible outbreak as a kid. I spent a day picking black raspberries at a wild raspberry patch I had discovered not far from my house. I came back with a 5 gallon bucket 2/3 full of raspberries and poison all over my body. The ivy turned into impetigo... I was out of school for a month and miserable. I had to take calamine baths daily.

Ever since then I've been completely immune.

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u/mmmegan6 8d ago

Ugh - mowing the lawn can cause rashes? I’m a noob (was never allergic until a couple years ago and now I’m paranoid - I’ve heard you can INHALE it? And the urushriol can last one garden equipment for YEARS?)

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u/SuperSoftAbby 8d ago edited 8d ago

My brother was allergic to grass and couldn’t mow the lawn. He couldn’t even be outside when neighbors are mowing. He would become a giant blotchy hive.

E: he was allergic to some other weird things too like white cheddar popcorn. My mother and one of my kids are allergic to whatever it is they put on fruit. They get mouth hives if it isn’t washed first. People be allergic to some weird things.

E:Oh, and my brother was allergic to trees. Like the whole thing from leaf tip to root. He couldn’t drink birch beer and had seasonal allergies from their pollen.

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u/selfawarefeline 8d ago

an ex of mine was allergic to cantaloupe and avocado.

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u/giaa262 8d ago

Fun fact: If you’re allergic to avocado there’s a strong chance you’re also allergic to latex

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u/bituna 8d ago

I HAVE THE EXACT SAME ALLERGIES. Did he ever find out what caused the popcorn allergy? I literally went to the ER for that one and it's been a mystery!

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u/NoG00dUsernamesLeft 8d ago

Mowing over poison ivy can certainly splash the oils around. I’m not sure the oils lasts that long on substances, I’ve definitely touched that’s that recently came in contact with poison ivy without getting a reaction and I’m pretty allergic.

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u/tikitakidoggo 8d ago

Ur just built different ig

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u/BiochemGuitarTurtle 8d ago

I'm in the same boat, my dad and brother aren't allergic to it either. Be careful though, I once cleared a yard of it then touched my girlfriend and made her have an allergic reaction. I had washed my hands, but it wasn't enough, she was pissed.

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u/zytukin 8d ago edited 8d ago

I used to be the same way. Allergies can come and go throughout your life.

Got it all the time when young, playing in the creek near my house. Then in the early 90s I completely stopped getting it. Could even pick the leaves without issue.

Fast forward to around 2005 and I was weed whacking a hill with poison ivy behind my house in shorts and sandles. I knew it was there, but also 'knew' I didn't have a reaction to it anymore. Boy was I wrong. My ankles looked like leather because of how bad I got it. Was also on the bottoms of my feet and on my palms and fingers so bad that I couldn't make a fist.

Been super sensitive to it ever since than, even getting it from touching stuff that came in contact with it 6+ months earlier.

On a worse note, I'm now allergic to pollen as well. Never had a problem with it before a few years ago but now I've been getting worse every year.

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u/jas10 8d ago

I was the exact same. I used to get it ALL the time when I was a kid. Then didn’t get it for 13 years or so. And now I have gotten it pretty bad for the last 3 summers in a row

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u/RowBought 8d ago

Careful, that doesn't always last. I had 30+ years of no urushiol allergies (the stuff in poison ivy/oak/sumac that makes you itch), and then my sensitivity started creeping up in recent years.

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u/SonicMule 8d ago

I used to be allergic, but I'm not anymore.

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u/Muffytheness 8d ago

Same but apparently it can come and go as you get older and your body changes so still good to keep an eye out.

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u/Ificouldstart-over 8d ago edited 7d ago

OMG!! I get that on my hands every single spring no matter what! I’ve never seen anyone who got that like me. They blister, very small, then skin falls off like I’m a snake shedding my skin for a month. I hope you do better! Good luck!

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u/BurningBright 8d ago

If it's only on your hands and feet, look into dyshidrotic eczema. (https://www.healthline.com/health/dyshidrotic-eczema#pictures) I was told it was poison ivy when I was growing up, but I've never gotten it from touching poison ivy. Since it was only on my hands, I thought it was a latex sensitivity, until I googled the symptoms. There isn't much you can do to "fix" it, but if it gets bad, steroids can help.

I get it on my feet sometimes too.

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u/irenesophia_ 8d ago

This is exactly what happens to me lol

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_Rubik 8d ago

I have this, I break out when I get stressed on my feet. I’ve learned to not scratch to keep it from spreading. I just want to cut my feet off when it flares up. UGH!

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u/nikkispinky 8d ago

check out /r/Dyshidrosis . mine clears up pretty easily with hydrocortisone cream, and i have a cortizone eczema lotion i use a few times a day when my hands are exposed to moisture a lot (usually gloves/dishwashing/handwashing). it can also be triggered by allergies or stress.

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u/Phoenix2399 8d ago

I’ve had weird itchy bumps on my palms all year! They’re spreading to my fingers and back of my hands. Thanks for mentioning that sub, it’s definitely what I have!!! Maybe I’ll finally be able to get some sweet relief!!!

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u/RustyWinchester 8d ago

Didn't know there was a sub for this! Thanks friend, been dealing with this most of my life. Stress and a lot of soaps do it to me, took forever to figure it out. Family doctor as a kid just sorta shrugged when I asked about it and never gave me any solutions. I had itchy blistery skin for years before I realized soap was the trigger. Made my teenage years extra awkward.

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u/nikkispinky 8d ago

yeah, i knew i had eczema but doctors and even a dermatologist never said anything about dyshidrosis. and i was so self conscious about it, made me super embarrassed to ever hold or shake hands.

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u/ididathingwithathing 8d ago

Holy. Shit. My brother and I both have a mild case of this. We get it on the insides of our fingers and sometimes small patches on our hands. Doctors have never been able to point us in the right direction, and we could never figure it out! My brother is gonna be so excited when I tell him. The internet is such a crazy place. I never expected to an answer to a years long problem when I came into this thread.Thank you!

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u/mambotomato 7d ago

I had it ever since college. When pandemic hit and I started getting eight hours of sleep or night, every night, it went away! Now it only comes back if I'm sleep deprived.

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u/People_tend_to_snore 7d ago

I have this too, but I had to use a special prescribed ointment that was actually a drying agent rather than hydrating. Cortisone cream did nothing for me, but my prescribed one got rid of it in a couple of days

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u/Technical_Volume7016 8d ago edited 7d ago

r/kidsarefuckingstupid

Fixed it you filthy pc kids

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u/trevdak2 8d ago

I'm starting to wonder if my kids are intelligently malicious instead of stupid. Both my kids know how to ruin my day in particularly cruel, traumatizing ways

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u/tina_ri 8d ago

/r/kidsareintelligentlymalicious

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u/SueZbell 8d ago

Has one of them approached you with something in their cupped hands and asked you to hold out your hands yet? In the case of my then toddler, that something was a snake -- turned out to be a baby ring neck (harmless) .

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u/wenchytiem 8d ago

I, too, played the "Is it a flower or poop?" game.

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u/Jacoba_Fett 8d ago

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u/Technical_Volume7016 8d ago

I hate mobile sometimes

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u/Jacoba_Fett 8d ago

I ducking fell ya, man.

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u/Swicket 8d ago

Ducking auto crochet

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u/StMaartenforme 8d ago

Isopropyl alcohol helps

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u/ToughLoveAndToenails 8d ago

Isopropyl helps remove the oil that causes the reaction if you clean it off right after exposure. Once the body's reaction has started, a day or two later, alcohol won't do anything. Wiping down with isopropyl immediately after working in the yard or traipsing through fields is very helpful in preventing allergic reactions.

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u/thebooshyness 8d ago

Yet another reason to keep a few bottles of the stuff.

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u/Nice-Violinist-6395 8d ago

I used to work in lawn care and we would literally have to take down fields of the stuff in the woods for some of the bigger jobs. We had a giant thing of hand sanitizer in the truck. Whenever you finished, you would immediately run back to the truck covered head to toe in poison Ivy weedeater trimmings and take a hobo bath with hand sanitizer…

…which was very unfortunate, considering heavy duty weedeating leaves you covered in little cuts and scratches.

$7.25 an hour

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u/zytukin 8d ago

Cool shower and soap works well too. Heat speeds up the reaction by opening your pores and thinning the urisol oil so it's easier to get absorbed by your skin and cause a reaction.

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u/SkiOrDie 8d ago

Using a washcloth as well. Just rubbing soap around with your hands can thin it and spread it around. Some poison ivy expert said that Dawn dish soap is best, but any soap works as long as you use a washcloth to wipe it all off.

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u/wes-slamclam 8d ago

Exactly, the friction from the washcloth along with dish soap works very well

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u/Barticus87 8d ago

I work outside and deal with it on a daily basis, but I use dawn dish soap. It works really well for all the poison plants.

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u/Rustyducktape 8d ago

Ty! Someone said it. Dawn soap!! Used to do treework and went from getting it horribly to never getting it once i learned how to properly clean and scrub when I knew I touched it. There's a video on YouTube where the guy shows that the oil is similar to motor oil or grease and makes it much easier to see the lengths you have to go to while scrubbing/cleaning to remove the oil and prevent a reaction

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u/Barticus87 8d ago

I was taught when I was young to scrub down when you get it. (Example ) If it’s up by your elbow wash down the arm and off your hands instead of just scrubbing up and down which could just spread it.

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u/-LNAM- 8d ago

Yeah after a couple exposures I was fed up. I’ll vigorously wash hands and tools with dawn soap I have outside already. I feel confident washing off within two hours of exposure, and I’ve been rash free since. Now if I was REALLY in it instead of passing grazes then I’ll scrub immediately. Better to be paranoid clean freak now than miserable for 2 weeks. I also started using these poison X wipes along side dish soap. It’s good for small areas you know were exposed and tools that you can isolate with the small wipe.

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u/Rustyducktape 8d ago

Dawn soap and a very coarse scrub pad.

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u/Revanull 8d ago

Tecnu brand soap is magic. Specifically designed to get rid of poison ivy oil and it works exceptionally well.

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u/PM-happythoughts-pls 8d ago

Well, that sucks.

Edit: browsing all and had no idea this sub is well that sucks. Sucks to not be original

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u/trevdak2 8d ago

Well, at least I posted in the correct subreddit

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u/rookiebasegod 8d ago

Today sir is your sit down and pee day :)

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u/jomtoadwrath 8d ago

Looks like dyshidrotic eczema.

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u/themule1216 8d ago

I’ve commented on a few posts saying the same thing.

Everyone who has it know what it looks like, and that looks identical to it. Tiny blisters, itchy as fuck. Most of the blisters between your fingers.....

I guess it still could be an allergic reaction opposed Ivy, but it could just as easily be a bad reaction to copper, mold, a fungal infection, seasonal allergies, etc.

Best get it checked out soon

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u/davidlol1 8d ago

Run your hands under the hottest water you can tolerate... you'll thank me later.

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u/Zeyphus 8d ago

This helps the itch but, dries the skin real bad

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u/davidlol1 8d ago

Honestly it's worth it lol... feels so damn good

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u/redrider93 8d ago

Ugh, it feels so good when the super hot water hits the rash. I’ve thought about touching poison ivy just so I could do this again.

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u/Lacdesbois 8d ago

I had poison ivy soooooo many times before I discovered hot water. It’s really the best treatment I’ve tried - better than steroid shots, etc. I don’t think the water needs to be hot enough to risk injury — just on the verge of uncomfortable, and run it over your affected areas for a minute. I never felt like it dried out my skin but you can use some moisturizer if you’re worried. Here’s an interesting history of the hot water method: https://www.swoknews.com/styles/peoples_pharmacy/science-explains-why-hot-water-stops-itching/article_9cb1e006-c7a7-5e38-b2f5-5fb7dfa7cb14.html

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u/Dum_beat 8d ago

I prefer the term "textured"

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u/TrustXIX 8d ago

mannnnnn I think I had this too but everyone just told me it was eczema. My palms are still scarred 2 years later.

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u/EstesParkRanger 8d ago

My first thought was that there are going to be a hundred comments telling you what to do and how to treat. That’s the second worst part of poison Ivy. People who get it like us, we know, we’ve tried everything.

I had it on the souls of my feet one year. I get small bumps like yours and sometimes giant weeping, raw blisters. I felt this picture in my soul and my sympathies are with you.

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u/wazabee 8d ago

Get some steroid cream from the pharmacy and put it on, then cover it with a glove. It will dampen the rxn.

Sourxe: hard Learned experience

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u/dustizle1 7d ago

When your hands (or anywhere that came in contact) becomes very itchy from the poison ivy, sumac, etc., you can put them under hot water and the feeling is unexplainably awesome. However, make sure you wash the affected area well with soap and COLD water first after initial contact to get the urushiol out of your pores. If you wash with hot water first, you will allow you pores to expand and it will pull the chemical deeper into the skin (worse reaction). Happy pleasure soaking!

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u/BossRoss1983 8d ago

Calamine lotion or clay helps

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u/edith-bunker 8d ago

So does jumping into a bonfire. That, too, will distract from the itching caused by poison ivy.

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u/maggotbrownie 8d ago

As someone who's quite allergic to poison ivy, you have my sympathies

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