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Old 06-01-2013, 04:00 AM   #21
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Got it the first summer we lived on the farm, have never had it since. Dad and my brother would get it every summer, I was right there with them never got it again. It has been quite a while since I have been around it though and I wonder if the immunity wears off with no exposure.

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Actually I don't think it is poison ivy. The stems look wrong to me. Poison ivy (and oak) have round stems, in the pic the stems look ribbed (for your comfort LOL!) Also, the stem looks like it is wrapping around the stems as a true vine such as string bean does, where poison ivy has these little hold-fast hairs that grow from the stems, just like English Ivy has. Maybe clematis?

For the record, one can build up a tolerance to poison ivy/oak/sumac by frequent and heavy exposure. I did it as a kid and was relatively "immune" (read: "Very high tolerance") to poison oak. I have been exposed to sumac with no ill effects as well. These days, with much less frequent exposure, I will get it if my skin is abraded or scratched by it, but only then. I can pick it up and touch all over without getting it.

Some of my laborers are totally immune to it. They have some Inca or Aztec blood though. I think that is why. I have had them clear out acres of poison oak and they never get even a little bit of reaction.

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I never got it as a kid. I used to tear it off an old buildings, and never got it. Now it get it by touching something that touched it.

Is it just me, or does it seem to affect people much differently?

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Not everyone is allergic to poison ivy,most but not all.
Tru-Dat...I've been able to pull it up by the roots since I was a kid.
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I never got it as a kid. I used to tear it off an old buildings, and never got it. Now it get it by touching something that touched it.

Is it just me, or does it seem to affect people much differently?
when i was a youngster i got it extremely bad. so bad the blisters would swell so huge i couldn't even make a fist with my hands, and would dang near swell my face to the point i had a hard time seeing or even talking. my father found a doctor who gave me a series of shots over several months. now i barely even get a rash if i get it all.

lot of people don't realize that even when it's dormant in the wintertime, you can still be affected by it. even dried poison ivy can affect you. some people even have an allergy to it if it's burned and they are exposed to the smoke from it.
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Not sure how I avoided it as a little rural Rat but I really only got it once bad (and it was really bad), riding bareback on a horse in shorts! The neighbor girl who owned the horses also got it bad in the same place (Crotchle Zone). We tied the horses up next to a swimming hole and didnt notice the Ivy, they rolled in it while we swam, we jumped on our respective horses with our wet shorts and within an hour, both of us were in serious pain.

Luckily, our parents didnt freak or jump to conclusions cause it looked pretty bad, both of us with major rashes on our do-dads and gal parts! I never did that again!

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This is how you deal with Poison Ivy

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Had it a bunch. Hate the stuff. I look at it and break out.

Funny story, in high school, fella that played football with me was telling us he had gone camping. Nature called and he used the wrong leaves. Lol, so he had poison ivy breakout on his "stuff." Saw his girlfriend later that day. Oddly enough her mouth had it too...... Lmao

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Scratching does not spread poison ivy. Scratch it to open it up and spread dawn dish washing detergent on it and let it dry there. It'll seep the oil out and dry it right up. Next time you get into it wash up with dawn as soon as you get home. Wash whatever you were wearing as the oil can remain on the clothes and active for about a year. Learn to identify and avoid the plant.
Oh BTW the dawn may burn a bit. That means it is working.

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