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Not sure if I am affected yet

Subject: Not sure if I am affected yet
Author: Sri
Date: 8/16/2010 11:53 am
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Status: Approved
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Here's my situation :-(

I went hiking yesterday, and without realizing it, wandered into Poison Ivy territory at some point. I do not recall not touching it, but who knows - it was all over the place, and I didn't pay attention until later. I can't be certain that I didn't touch it at all.

I have never had a brush with poison ivy. When I woke up this morning without any rashes or itching, I felt relieved. But I read that first time sufferers can take up to 7 days to develop rashes.

The question is - while I wait in suspense, is there anything I can do to safeguard myself, or minimize the damage? I am going to shower using dishwash liquid once a day (yikes!!). Anything else that I can do? I read a lot about anti-itch remedies, but I don't want to start using any of them until I am certain that I am affected, and until I start developing the rashes.

Any advice?? Should I visit a doctor as a precaution?

Thanks a lot!

Not sure if I am affected yet (Approved)Sri8/16/2010 11:53 am