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By: actual , 8:59 PM GMT on August 23, 2008

....er, make that A-Peeling.

I've got more flakes than Kellogg's, and I swear that's no joke. My poison oak rash is peeling like crazy, like a really bad sunburn might. This is the second round of peeling. Last week I peeled off most of my face and neck. It's all coming off again... I think I'm running out of skin.

On the other hand, if I finally do finish this skin refreshment (I hope that's what's happening here!) maybe the itching will stop.

Anyone out there have any ideas about how long this beautiful phase of recovery from major poison oak might take?

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6. Bogon
1:45 PM GMT on January 13, 2010
You have caught some great shots of birds and other wildlife. Maybe you should take a picture of the poison oak that got you, so we can all learn to stay the heck out of it!
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5. 13468
9:53 PM GMT on August 27, 2009
I had an outbreak of poison ivy several years ago. I was told you can tolerate it for so long then become sensitive to it. It lasted 3 weeks. I took cortisone orally--no good! Hot shower releases histamines on the skin and keep it from itching. Calamine is soothing. I had to apply it hourly and I was teaching PE in Miami! It looks like we venture into areas that are infested with these toxic plants!
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4. postpounder
12:09 AM GMT on July 16, 2009
I feel your pain. I can be down wind from poison ivy and it seems that I'll get. I work out side and I usually get it every year, and I get it every where. Need I say more.
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3. actual
12:12 AM GMT on August 29, 2008
Hi all, and yep, things are improving. I seem to have stopped developing new patches of poison oak.... yay!

To do that, though.... I had to clean everything I touch with alcohol, then with soap and water. Twice.

I had to replace all my lipstick, ChapStick too, because I was giving myself more rash (having gotten them polluted with poison oak). Then I had to toss my bicycle helmet and all of my bike gloves, replace my camera strap, and even my biking shoes. All of this because I was unable to remove the oils from the poison oak from the soft surfaces without ruining my stuff.

So far, it's cost a pretty penny... between the prescription and non-prescription creams/sprays/shots/doctor visits and replacing all my gear.

No deer trails in my immediate future!

For Ghanson -- the Bay Area misses you too ;) I hope you get settled in enough to enjoy Florida... though someone should have told you that the mosquito seems to be the state bird down there ;)
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2. ghanson
2:48 PM GMT on August 26, 2008
Hey Actual,

Hope things get better soon.
I too am dealing with huge mosquito bites.
I have to remember to wear long
pants at night.
Florida is still new to me!
Lots of weird bugs here.
I miss California.
We should buy stock on Calamine lotion. LoL.

Take it easy.
(still enjoy your pics!)
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1. GardenGrrl
8:45 AM GMT on August 24, 2008
Hey, you live in California, if you market this correctly you could make a fortune. All natural skin rejuvenation and macro homeopathic detoxification LOL.
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