Photos of Poison Ivy Rashes

These photos are from November 10th, 2011, Day 5 of the rash's progression. This is when it began getting fairly bad for me. My left eye was half closed, both wrists had weeping rashes, and I had rashes over much of the rest of my body in random spots.

Here's my face. It's hard to show the rash fully, but my entire forehead is swollen with the rash. There are spots along down to each ear. There are swollen spots on either side of my nose. The nose itself has spots on it. My left eye has swelling around it. Luckily this all generally feels "tight" and not "itchy". The exception is along the hairline and by the ears it does feel itchy.

poison ivy rash

Both wrists are weeping - something I'd never had happen before. Also, the blisters are tiny little dots, not larger dots, which is odd. I wasn't sure this was poison ivy for the first two days because of that.It didn't look like my other cases.

Note that the weeping of poison ivy is NOT urushiol oil coming out. That urushiol oil is long gone by this point. The weeping is the body's natural defenses filling the blisters with pus. It's part of the healing process. So it's OK to touch that. You don't want to break open blisters though. You want them to heal on their own time.

So here are my two wrists.

poison ivy rash

poison ivy rash

Here are just a few of the areas that are affected, to give a sense of what the rash spots look like.

I have a stripe on my right front torso, that's probably the longest contiguous spot besides my face and wrists.

poison ivy rash

I have this row of dots on my back.

poison ivy rash

This is my inside left knee.

poison ivy rash

Here's the front of my left leg, to show how the poison ivy rash spots are scattered all over my body. In essence a rash spot appears anywhere the urushiol oil touched. So I must have had little dots of oil all over my body.

poison ivy rash

So the only "large coverage" in terms of solid coverage is my face and wrists. Plus the one stripe. However the rest of me is speckled with poison ivy. There must have little bits of oil all over the place. We've been washing everything we can but I'm not sure that we've gotten it all up. It's hard to know what to wash - the kitchen counters? The dining room table? The oil can be anywhere.

At this point I'm hoping this is the worst it's going to get - but we're only on day 5. When I got poison ivy fairly bad in 2007 it was day 11 before the truly nasty itchiness had begun to fade. Also, we're counting from day 0 that Bob got infected. He was showing symptoms a day or two before I did. So it could easily be that it will take me several days longer in this cycle to recover. I also have to pray that I'm not re-infecting myself with urushiol oil from household objects, and starting this cycle over again.

Still, in any case, I know I have at least 5 more days ahead of me before this starts to get less itchy. I am using hydrocortisone cream, taking benadryl, and aspirin too. Hopefully tomorrow I can get to a doctor to see what other options I have, since my face is involved.

After I took these photos I outlined a few of the rashes with green magic marker. That way I can see visually how they change.

Poison Ivy Rash Photos - the 2011 outbreak


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