Poison Oak is a nasty word
I went on my usual hike to Water Dog Lake in Belmont California but this time I brought the Yorkshires with me... Ive spent a lot of time avoiding poison oak my entire life and today was no different. It is all along the trail but the path is clear of it... My friend who was with me is also susceptible to the rash and my dogs love him more than me. We took the path that wraps closest around the lake. That was Friday of last week.... then on Sunday night my hip and other areas had a full rash... My friend never got it and the if it came from the dogs I fully do not understand that.
I pulled out the tecnu and scrubbed down but it was too late being on me for at least 24-48 hours.... I went back to the scene of the crime the next day to figure out how I got it if it was not the dogs. I found 1 branch with 1 leaf that was as high as my hip or my hand could have brushed it. Im usually very careful not to touch anything..
I got out all the Poison Oak remedies. Below is a list of their effectiveness....
Oat Meal bath- soothing but doesn't help head and face much....
Tee Tree oil- Stops itching but makes you smell like a diesel fueled Molotov cocktail. At least no one will lite a cigarette around you.
Tecnu Medicated Scrub- I swear by this to remove the oils before they have time to penetrate the skin and maybe it lessens the duration but after the first use it does not cut it to stop the itch.
Tecnu Rash Relief- Yes this helps stop itching but after it stops working you need to wash and reapply which is a pain in the middle of the night.
Oral Ivy witch is drops you put in water- THey say you can use this to prevent infection if you take a few drops daily also. I'm not sure if it stops the itching but the itching does stop when taking it along with Apple Pectin, QBC and Poison Ivy/Oak pills by Hyland's
Topcare's Anti Itch or Anti-itch Lotion- works ok but Tecnu Rash Relief is better
I've continued to exercise during this bout but even after 1 week I am still getting new little patches of poison oak. I think I discovered the culprit thought as these new patches are appearing o my legs where I did not have it before. My $125 Asic shoes! I often do not take them off to change shorts thus the oil from the shoes gets on the inside of the shorts and distributes the vile oil on my legs and other places.... Also I am paranoid that the railing on my staircase, the relieve sprays, the bathroom floor and rugs in the house all have this oil on it... and it clings and spreads some more. If their were a Poison Oak or Poison Ivy detection spray I would buy it to see if the oil is still around my house or work out clothes....
It has been 1 week and a day since exposure and now my right eyelid is swollen.... will it ever end?