Photos of Poison Ivy Rashes
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Back in 2007 I had a nasty run in with poison ivy and documented it - Poison Ivy Stomach Rash Photos. I was careful after that not to subject myself to that level of pain - i.e. I avoided everything that even slightly resembled poison ivy.

However, as they say, time makes you forget. By 2010 I was out romping in the garden, pulling out weeds with abandon, and not really worrying about what I touched or what I did. On Tuesday, June 1, 2010, I was out in front of my house digging through a variety of weeds. A day or two later, I noticed five little red dots down the inside of my right arm. I showed them to Bob. He claimed they were just spider bites. That was *exactly* what we had thought when I got poison ivy back in 2007. I knew this time that spider bites were simply not reasonable here. I had never seen a spider walk slowly down my arm, deciding to bite me every few inches. It seemed far more likely that this was the onset of a poison ivy rash that was "slowly developing into visibility".

They were odd. They slowly oozed tiny drops of a yellowish pus (the red blood cells) which would then crystallize into a tiny yellow crystal at the end of each red dot. They didn't really itch. I knew what was coming.

I used Tenchu on it daily - but as I explain in all my poison ivy pages, it was too late. By the time you see a rash beginning to develop the oils are into your skin and are doing what they're going to do. The oil progresses at different rates through different types of skin, which is why you see the dots develop in slow motion like time lapse photography. As the days went on, the path of the oil on my skin became more clear. What was sort of funny is I had no idea what the "finished picture" was going to look like. It could be that the full extent of the rash would be just those few dots. Or they could be the precursor to my entire arm turning red. I had no way of knowing. I just had to wait and see.

By Monday, June 7th, there was a spattering of dots now visible along my arm. Compared with the dense layer of poison ivy on my stomach back in 2007 I had gotten off lightly. But still, poison ivy is no fun at all. It is very itchy. You can't really appreciate how itchy it is - constantly itchy - until you have it :) The key is NOT to scratch. Use medications, dry out the skin, but don't scratch. You don't want to break the skin. That makes things MUCH worse medically.

You can't "get rid" of the poison ivy by the time you have the rash. It's too late. Everything is in your skin and is doing what it's going to do. All you can do is minimize the itching, and dry out the skin so it flakes off and renews as quickly as possible. And settle in for about 10 days of torment.

Here are the photos of June 7th. I didn't take photos before now becaue I thought (desperately hoped?) there wouldn't be enough of a rash to make it worth documenting - but I figure some people might be interested at what a "mild case" looks like. Plus, it's super itchy and this will distract me for a while :)

poison ivy rash photos

poison ivy rash photos

poison ivy rash photos

I do have a few random dots elsewhere - one on my left leg, that sort of thing. Most of them are in that one stripe on my arm.

In the previous round it was 12 days from the first "spider bites" to when the rash was no longer itchy. That means I'm currently only halfway through the run. I will be counting the days until June 13th.

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