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      Teeth, poison ivy, knocking on strangers' doors at 7 am? You are quite a trooper!

      I'm quite allergic to poison ivy as well and we have it in our planting beds around some of our trees. Many years our beds look like a mess because I hate getting there there and risking getting poison ivy. A few years ago I saw an article online from a guy who said that more important than the product you use to wash off the poison ivy is to use a wash cloth or loofah along with whatever soap you use, that the friction is more important than the soap. I've been using a washcloth since then and haven't had any bad rashes that required steroids like I have in the past. I don't know if I've been more careful or if it's the technique but whatever it is, it's working for me. I don't know if this is the same guy I saw a few years ago but here's one video with him describing his post-exposure technique.

      How to never have a serious poison ivy rash again! | Extreme Deer Habitat

      I hope you're spared the agony of that rash!

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      this is the stuff I have for after exposure (works great): https://www.amazon.com/Tecnu-Origina...ison+ivy+scrub

      this gel is for pre-exposure: https://www.amazon.com/Poison-Oak-Co...rds=ivy+shield

      I don't know how that gel works...I have an old bottle of something called Ivy Shield (works great) that seems to no longer be made.

      Washcloth is a good idea...especially if you don't have any special cleanser.
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      Quote Originally Posted by SunDance View Post
      Nothing yet. I like Fran's idea that maybe I removed some of the oil when I fooled with the shirt. But I read where, if it's not your first exposure, it can take 2 - 3 weeks to show up. This is definitely not my first exposure...my first was 34 years ago...putting in our hedges...and is something I never want to experience again. But I've had very minor isolated rashes from the stuff since so I'm hoping my sensitivity has lessened with age.
      I worry that you used your teeth. I once rubbed my eyes after cutting a jalapeno and thought I was going to go blind. I hope you're OK.

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      Quote Originally Posted by janedoe View Post
      I worry that you used your teeth. I once rubbed my eyes after cutting a jalapeno and thought I was going to go blind. I hope you're OK.
      My teeth worry that I used my teeth.

      The part I gnawed on was a bit removed from where I'd picked up the birds and was affixed to the ground where no ivy was growing...I think. I had pulled up enough to be able to get to it without bending too much (and squashing the birds)...I'd started out hoping I could just rip it, but I couldn't. At that point, teeth were all I had.

      I used to sew and was always biting the thread to cut it if scissors weren't handy. I'm sure that's one of the reasons I ended up getting veneers on my front teeth years ago. It's been a long time since I've used my teeth for this kind of nonsense...not a habit I'm thinking of bringing back. But they do come in handy.

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      Almost afraid to ask, for fear of jinxing you, but - Still Good?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
      Almost afraid to ask, for fear of jinxing you, but - Still Good?
      Yep. And I got my folding scissors yesterday so I'm good to go with that.

      A sparrow followed us for a while this morning...starting near where I'd picked up those two the other day. I couldn't help but wonder if it was one of "my" sparrows...maybe recognized my voice (I talk to the dogs as we're walking...on-and-off, not trying for conversation...). Yeah...probably not.

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      Bet that little fellow who followed you was one of your rescues!! It saw the Halo around your head and just wanted to say 'thank you'.
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      You know I wonder if you got into blackberries or raspberries. Even in calm situations they can be hard to distinguish. You are in the right zone for both.


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      Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
      You know I wonder if you got into blackberries or raspberries. Even in calm situations they can be hard to distinguish. You are in the right zone for both.

      Oh, we have lots of similar things, but....nope....I know my poison ivy.

      Still no rash.....

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