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    Lucky Me: from urushiol to urticaria

    on my last ride a couple of weeks ago, i had a close encounter of the annoying kind with some gdmf poison oak:


    just a small area on my left thigh and some tiny spots on my right forearm.

    days go by: oozing, oozing, oozing.

    and then finally, no more oozing! but wtf???

    i start to break out in hives. so annoying! and the rash spreads all over my left leg, parts of my right leg, both hips, both arms, and both hands. oi vey!!!!!





    not painful per se, but so gdmf itchy!!!

    after a few days of the rash spreading (despite over the counter meds), i finally threw in the towel and went to urgent care. i hope this bottle of prednisone (and the doc rx'd some antibiotics as well) does the trick.

    lucky me!

    hope you guys (and gals) had some killer rides this wet weekend and were able to avoid the dreaded gdmf you-know-what!
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    Following up a ride with Technu works really well for many people that wish to avoid the poison oak reactions.

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    Dooooooood, you are so damn rookie. When you have exposure like that, you go straight to urgent care or ER. Don't pass by home or by BevMo. Don't be stopping by the burrito shop or In 'n Out. Just go get the steroid shot on your butt cheek and you will be sleeping good and riding in 2 days.

    And nobody even start with technu, oatmeal, honeybee or some other band-aid. When you get major exposure, you really have to treat it with the only real medicine for it.

    The problem is your immune system is going in to shock fighting the poison. You will suffer many side effects and your penis might fall off

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    Guess the 49% dumbass is coming through! JK

    I've recently had a bit of posion oak, but had a systemic case of poison ivy back east. I took benadryl inside and out to get rid of it. I feel yer pai...ah...er...itch

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    monday morning quarterback says "stay on the trail!".

    I get itchy just looking at those pictures. Sorry you got a big dose of the oak - misery for two weeks.
    if you suspect you've been exposed, wash off as soon as you can. for big exposures go to the ER.

    aftermath - to temporarily take some of the itch outa the rashed areas take a hot shower and run water as hot as you can stand.

    again - sorry you got a MAJOR case of the oak.

    heal up soon,

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    funny thing is, i don't even know where i picked it up.

    my last ride was around loon lake, elevation 6200'. i thought poison oak doesn't grow that high up.

    a few days earlier i rode auburn which is poison oak h. e. double hockey sticks, but the symptoms didn't show up until after my loon lake ride. i know the rash sometimes presents days later, so auburn is where i prolly got it, but i don't remember crashing or otherwise straying from the trail. WTF???

    the original poison oak rash was limited to a small area on my left thigh and a tiny area on my right forearm. after days and days of weeping and oozing, the rash finally started to dry out and scab up. but then something went haywire with my immune system and i broke out with the hives (urticaria) all over the place.

    so the hives are prolly related to the poison oak, but i don't know for sure.

    i've had two doses of the PREDNISONE so far and it's working like a charm. WHEW!!!

    hey mr. urushiol: e.a.t. a d.i.c.k.!!!!!


    that is all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by parkmeister View Post
    hey mr. urushiol: e.a.t. a d.i.c.k.!!!!!
    +1 (to the 10th power)

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    Quote Originally Posted by parkmeister View Post
    funny thing is, i don't even know where i picked it up.
    ....

    that is all.
    right on brotherman. you can now replace your avatar with this equally hideous photo.

    fc

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    [QUOTE=parkmeister;9885748]on my last ride a couple of weeks ago, i had a close encounter of the annoying kind with some gdmf poison oak:







    DAMNNNNNNNNN!!!
    Not thats some poison oak!
    Heal quickly my friend.
    Been there
    Done that.
    Don't feel like goin back.
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    Bonking ... not feelin' well

    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    You will suffer many side effects and your penis might fall off
    Mine didn't fall off, but I did experience shrinkage, which has affected my self esteem.

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    I woke up this morning with a bad hangover
    And my penis was missing again.
    This happens all the time.
    It's detachable.
    [background singing begins: "detachable penis" over and over]

    This comes in handy a lot of the time.
    I can leave it home, when I think it's gonna get me in trouble,
    or I can rent it out, when I don't need it.
    But now and then I go to a party, get drunk,
    and the next morning I can't for the life of me
    remember what I did with it.
    First I looked around my apartment, and I couldn't find it.
    So I called up the place where the party was,
    they hadn't seen it either.
    I asked them to check the medicine cabinet
    'cause for some reason I leave it there sometimes
    But not this time.
    So I told them if it pops up to let me know.
    I called a few people who were at the party,
    but they were no help either.
    I was starting to get desperate.
    I really don't like being without my penis for too long.
    It makes me feel like less of a man,
    and I really hate having to sit down every time I take a leak.
    After a few hours of searching the house,
    and calling everyone I could think of,
    I was starting to get very depressed,
    so I went to the Kiev, and ate breakfast.
    Then, as I walked down Second Avenue towards St. Mark's Place,
    where all those people sell used books and other junk on the street,
    I saw my penis lying on a blanket
    next to a broken toaster oven.
    Some guy was selling it.
    I had to buy it off him.
    He wanted twenty-two bucks, but I talked him down to seventeen.
    I took it home, washed it off,
    and put it back on. I was happy again. Complete.
    People sometimes tell me I should get it permanently attached,
    but I don't know.
    Even though sometimes it's a pain in the ass,
    I like having a detachable penis.


    King Missile - Detachable Penis

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Dooooooood, you are so damn rookie. When you have exposure like that, you go straight to urgent care or ER. Don't pass by home or by BevMo. Don't be stopping by the burrito shop or In 'n Out. Just go get the steroid shot on your butt cheek and you will be sleeping good and riding in 2 days.

    And nobody even start with technu, oatmeal, honeybee or some other band-aid. When you get major exposure, you really have to treat it with the only real medicine for it.

    The problem is your immune system is going in to shock fighting the poison. You will suffer many side effects and your penis might fall off

    your pal,
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    +1 Fo'sho!!
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    Glad to hear the hulk juice is working! BTW, love the photos.

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    Yeesh, that is hideous! You must be super-allergic?

    Hope I never have to go to emergency for something like that. No insurance.
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    If you did not already, Throw EVERYTHING in your washing machine. Camel Back(no bladder), gloves, Bike Duffel bag, shoes. I wash helmet straps and pads in sink. Also anything in your bike bag that might have been cross contaminated. That sucks. Did you read study about goats that eat poison oak? Crazy.

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    I suffer from regular bad reactions to P.O. I shower w/ technu immediately after rides. If the ride lasts for more than a few hours I will spray / wipe my skin off as soon as I am done riding (technu / water mix). I forget the exact term but if the P.O. goes "systematic" it spreads like wildfire over your body and PREDNISONE is the cure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoolie View Post
    If you did not already, Throw EVERYTHING in your washing machine. Camel Back(no bladder), gloves, Bike Duffel bag, shoes. I wash helmet straps and pads in sink. Also anything in your bike bag that might have been cross contaminated. That sucks. Did you read study about goats that eat poison oak? Crazy.
    On that note, I found an industrial soap that works great! Go buy some Fels-Naptha soap bars and cheese grate about 1/4 cup into your laundry load. No more oil.

    You can use it on your skin (works better than Technu for me at least) but just don't leave it on long.

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    You went full on systemic. Definitely got into your bloodstream.
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