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    Poison Oak Problem

    My friend is kind of new hunter, I took him big game hunting two years ago and he got hooked but his body has really bad reaction on poison oak, he needs to go to hospital every time he touches it. Any advise how to avoid it and threat it once he get it, any pills, cream, or vaccine against it? We tried some creams but it doent really work.

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    It is best to just avoid it. He should know what it looks like when it is growing and dormant if he has that much of a problem with it.

    He should talk to a doctor if he has that much of a problem with it. The doctor might prescribe something that will help if he comes into contact with it.
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    I am really allergic too, but I've made myself very aware of what it looks like: growing and dormant. It is best to avoid it at all costs if you're allergic, but it will still sometimes get you. Poison oak, ivy, and sumac all contain urushiol oil that will make you break out. Make sure he knows all 3 if they are prevalent in your area. The oil is way more concentrated in the vines or stems than the leaves.

    I have a friend that was in the infantry and the sergeants made them use spray on antiperspirants. It must be the antiperspirant with aluminum chlorohydrate. It works well but it must be applied prior to exposure to prevent it. It can be used to help clear it up too but it's not as effective. I've used all kinds of creams and they are not very effective. Steroids shots and/or steroid pills from the DR are what helps the most.

    If he gets into it the best thing to do is take a bath or thoroughly wash the area and wash the clothes that are contaminated with the oil. If you wash it off within 30 minutes there will be virtually no symptoms and they will be mild if you can do it within 2 hrs.

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    I can only speak to poison ivy, as I never got poison oak, but I always got poison ivy bad when I was a kid. Then once I got it in my early 20's and went to a doctor and got a shot ( I think it was just a cortisone shot) which helped clear it up, but I never got it as bad as I did before then. This is all just anecdotal, and what worked for me; but I'd say it might be worth it for your buddy to see an allergist or dermatologist for it. It's a really crummy reason to not be able to enjoy the outdoors.

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    I used to get it all the time cutting wood. I would take clothes off and put them straight in the washer. Then a scrub down with plain old dish soap in a cold shower.

    Best way to not get it, is to avoid it like the plague.

    There is a soap that's made out of mugwart that works pretty good.

    Once you get it, go get the shot. That's the only thing that works very well.

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    Where I live in Oregon it is full of poison oak. I regularly am in contact with it when working on our place. One of the best things I learned is how to break down the oils. Wash up with Dawn dishwashing soap and use a wash cloth. The friction of the wash cloth mixes the soap into the oil (urushiol). It works very well. Here is the video I got that tip from.


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    Hunt in Utah or Wyoming

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    Quote Originally Posted by nv-hunter View Post
    Hunt in Utah or Wyoming
    There are a few places you have to watch for poison ivy in Wyoming. Not many for sure, but I have managed to find a couple spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nv-hunter View Post
    Hunt in Utah or Wyoming
    And watch for cactuses and snakes : )

    I love hunting WY, UT, and any states I can get tag in. Will be hunting WY ans AZ this year for sure, tags are in my pocket, hopefully UT, CO, and couple other states as well.
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    Why not try the stuff Eastmans use to always advertise from tec-nu. They have a wash and a treatment for after you have it. I use the wash after I know or think I've came in contact with poison oak, ivy, or sumac. Since I've used this stuff I have never gotten poison anything. One of my kids also gets poison ivy real bad and ever since I've made him use tec-nu he also has not gotten it, even after using poison ivy strands to build a fort the other day in the woods.

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