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  • Hahahahahaha-ha!
    Sorry.
    Doctor for poison ivy? I live in no insurance land.
    I view it as a chance to practice my willpower-no, I will NOT scratch! Plus, I figure my immune system is getting a little workout.

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    • Sorry. I tend to take insurance for granted and fail to realize that not everyone has it.

      have you tried rubbing alcohol? I have read that it helps to dry up the venom.
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • Some non-prescription, very cheap poison ivy remedies -

        Warm water with salt - 1/4 tsp. per cup. The water should taste barely salty. Use kosher or sea salt, not iodized. Soak for 20 minutes or however long you feel like. I could explain why this works, but it would be really boring. This is good for healing just about any kind of skin ailment. If the rash is not on a body part that is easy to soak, just wet a towel and place it over the area.

        If you care to seek it out, some drugstores or specialty stores sell a poison ivy remedy - an herb called sweet fern. You brew it up like tea (directions on box) and soak in it - this works very well for me.

        I get poison ivy if I even walk by a patch of it. Since I like to be outdoors, I end up with at least one go-round with it every year. Luckily it is not so common in Maine. Alas, not non-existent.
        My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

        "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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        • Would epsom salt work too?
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • jewelweed is an excellent "home remedy" for poison ivy. Either a soap or cream or salve...or oil or tea...some health food stores now carry a natural product with jewelweed. Sorry you're having this on top of an upset tummy!!
            Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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            • An interesting thing about jewelweed is that it often grows near poison ivy - a pretty little orange flower. Funny how Mother Nature provides the remedy next to the irritant. Also, when jewelweed is in bloom, it can alert you to the presence of poison ivy so you don't go crashing through it. (Or should I say, so I don't go crashing through it.)

              Burt's Bees makes a soap, I think, with jewelweed and maybe coal tar.

              Epsom salts might very well work, but I have no expertise with it so I can't say. Probably the box has instructions for various uses, you could check.
              Last edited by Siobhan; 05-03-2012, 01:31 PM. Reason: grammatical error
              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

              "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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              • Ah, good to know about the jewelweed. I will know to approach it with care in the future. It's easier to recognize from a distance than poison ivy.

                Just salty water, eh? Poison ivy is not one of my issues. Would it work on a rash from an allergy? My grandson gets very painful, burning rashes on his stomach whenever he has any dairy, especially foods with "modified milk ingredients". Ah processed foods, the things you do to us.
                5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                - Lewis Mumford

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                • It could, although that is probably a systemic problem rather than a contact dermatitis.

                  I could go on with a lot of mumbo jumbo about osmosis and sodium and low-to-high concentrations vs. high-to-low but you would fall asleep. It's a little simplistic, but the salt can draw the icky stuff out of the skin. But the really good thing about this is that it is harmless, no side effects, very cheap. Nothing to lose by trying it. Don't make the water too salty, 1/2 tsp per cup and extrapolate that for larger amounts. Don't use iodized salt because the iodine can be irritating (just what you need, more irritation, right?)
                  My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                  "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                  • Siobahn, that's some useful information! We're planning a trip to CenTex in August to visit family. My sister and her husband like ot hike and they've found some places for us to go. Who knows what we'll run into.
                    Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

                    GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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                    • Maybe snakes! Good protein source
                      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                      "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                      • Getting ready for the weekend

                        Thanks for the tips, Siobhan and PrimalCajun. Guess I should learn what jewelweed looks like. I'm at the disgusting crusty stage, and my face is all puffy from pizza-related water retention. Not the look I like to go for. But looks are beside the point today. Eldest is coming back for a short visit, between school and summer job. We're all looking forward to seeing him. I have his favorite (primalized) dinner of Salisbury steak with cauliflower cheese planned. As well as a hunk load of chores to do before I go get him at the airport.

                        This was yesterday:
                        Up at 6:05
                        Vitamins

                        10:00 3 turkey bacon cups (cheddar, mushrooms, eggs)
                        1 granny smith apple
                        2T almond butter

                        3:30 22 oz shrimp with
                        lime, cilantro, olive oil

                        7:00 1 lettuce taco
                        ground beef, onion, chili
                        salsa, avocado, tomato
                        sour cream, cheddar

                        Walking: 60 minutes
                        Water: 11 glasses

                        Bed at 9:30

                        Things to notice; I walked for an hour! That's the third day in a row. It is not so much the walking, but the every day aspect of it, that is the challenge for me. I'm trying to plan it, because if I just wait for it to happen; it won't. Today's plan includes biking instead of walking, as I have to get myself to a friend's house for some carpooling action in the evening. I'll ride over, then ride back home in the pleasant night air. Should be down to 80 by then.
                        Also, I had a late dinner, due to Littlest's track meet. Wasn't that hungry(see lunch), but ate to be 'social'. Restrained myself to one lettuce-wrapped taco. Very moderate.

                        Feels good to have a normal day again. My digestion seems to be back on track after the birthday adventures.

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                        • Thanks, Siobhan, I'll let DIL know. I didn't know that iodine was irritating. I had already advised a saline solution for a gunky eye and now I'm wondering if I should have said non-iodized salt. It's a trick my doctor taught me when my kids were little. He said I could buy the "physiological water" (translation of French term, I don't know what it's called in English) at the drugstore but it was just salt water and I'd be better just doing it on my own. My kind of thinking entirely.
                          5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                          Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                          Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                          More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                          - Lewis Mumford

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                          • Sabine, congratulations on all the walking. You're doing better than me, that's for sure!
                            5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                            Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                            Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                            More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                            - Lewis Mumford

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                            • YAY Walking girl!! I missed out yesterday, but I'll get plenty of movement in about an hour when I'm lugging totes of clothes up the stairs from the basement and out to the truck for the garage sale at my SIL's house for tomorrow.
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • Another walker here, I managed 1 1/2 hours yesterday. Just got my sleepy bones out of bed, but my awake time is ahead of me. Yes, the fancy salt water we can purchase here in the drugstore called saline solution is simply salt and sterilized water. Usually 0.9%, which is the approximate concentration I mentioned. Also called 'normal saline.' It mimics the salt water in our own bodies and is used for a variety of purposes, washing, rinsing, given by IV to increase hydration. Can be a cheap way to rinse contact lenses, although it won't sterilize them. I use it to rinse mine, then store them in the sterilizing solution. Save a boatload of $$$$. Again, no iodine, it is irritating. Incidentally, if you have never done a taste test with regular iodized salt and kosher salt or a sea salt, you should - you will be surprised at the difference.
                                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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