ygmir wrote:*wanders in, makes tea*
wow, Trilo...........that's just a sucky day!! so sorry about all that. Glad to hear it ended well, at least.
HI MDF! yeah, I'm holding tight on the poison oak, been rubbing hand sanitizer on it (mostly alcohol, but gell), that seems to provide some relief.....and little spots are showing up all over.
your race sounds fantastic Elliot!! yay you!!
this yerba mate tea seems to be good.........it seems to suppress apatite some, and may be helping me stay awake during the day better. So, I'll give it some more time. It's also supposed to have theophylline and some other stuff that might help with allergies, too. So for now, off the fexofenadine, just to see.........I'm feeling such the herbal hippie today.......haaha
Fire engine of "Frankencamper" is about done, as far as pre Burn check......I'll try to stay more dry today.
dang time is running out.
Being the outdoorsman for many years now and having taken the worst that mother nature has at TTITD, the tornadoes here in MO, and all kinds of nasty critters in the wilds of the Appalachians, I learned a couple of hints on poison oak that might help you. IDing the offending agent is easy. It's an oil also on poison ivy and sumac called urushiol. A very sticky oil.
The herbal remedy to stop it works best just after exposure, rubbing jewelweed around the affected area. which aids in drying it out. Afterwards, try aloe vera .
The low-grade pharmacopeia method that works is usually calamine lotion or powder. Also aids in drying it out, because of the high concentration of zinc oxide, an astringent.
Washing it off ain't a cure. UNLESS you use fels naptha soap. Stuff my grandmother turned me onto, rest her soul. Grandma always had good advice. It's a laundry soap that works pretty well on oils and grease. Follow with calamine for the itch.
Hydrocortisone cream you can get in varying strengths, too, and it kills the itch. Benzadrine-based antihistamines are also used by prescription by MDs to treat it.
Peeing on it, as knowmad suggests, is only good for keeping the bears away, marking your territory, don't cha know. If you've got bears, then you have a different set of problems that is only adressed by the National Park Service3 mantra, "There is no such thing as a bear-proof trash can."
Here endeth the epistle.