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Re: poison oak/ivy


I did find a couple good products last year.  One is called Tecnu and is a
skin cleanser when you think you have been exposed.  Besides the initial
application, you are supposed to keep using it if you keep itching.  For the
itch, I like Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel which is designed for poison oak /
ivy and has a wonderful cooling effect.  But for the bad case I had last
year, when I woke up in the night itching, the only thing that helped was a
cold pack on the itching area.
    I did have great success in some areas close to the house spraying with
Roundup every 10-14 days starting early in the season.  In those particular
spots, the poison oak has not grown back.
--Barb

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "pdickson" <pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2005 5:21 AM
Subject: [CHAT] poison oak/ivy


> Barb,
> I went to the Dr. yesterday for poison ivy on my forearms.  I would have
> sworn that I didn't need to worry about it at all.  I was pulling out
vinca
> major in my back garden but at this time of the year the birds could have
> planted it and with  no leaves I didn't think about it.  It makes me
crazy.
> I always think, "at this age you would think that I could figure out how
to
> stay out of it."
> Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid or it or tolerate it?
> Tricia
>
>    I already have a little
> > poison oak from a trek down my hill and the leaves aren't even out yet
and
> > I
> > would have sworn I didn't touch any!
> > --Barb Tandy, Grass Valley CA
>
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