Monday, August 02, 2010

Poison Ivy again

This is the second time this year I played around with poison ivy. You'd think I'd learn.

But no, I keep on doing this. Last time it took over a month for everything to clear up. This time, and for the first time in my life, I'm calling in medical help. Or at least I'm trying to. I called my doctor's office this morning but never got a call back. I'll give it another try tomorrow morning.

I went hiking on Saturday night and also Sunday morning so I could have been exposed on either hike but the evening hike at Eno River Park is the more likely. My symptoms, which at first I thought were just bug bites, first appeared on Sunday afternoon. By evening it was obvious that it was poison ivy and not just insect bites.

And now these pictures were taken just 10 minutes ago. Most of the rash is around my knees in front and ankles all around. A lot more on the left leg than the right and only a few spots high up on the thigh and butt. Since the thigh and butt spots were covered by clothing it's odd that I've got contact points there.

Unfortunately my experience tells me that soon these spots will spread until nearly my entire legs are covered. I certainly hope that my doctor can suggest a better form of treatment than just waiting it out, which is what I usually do. Damn poison ivy!

3 comments:

Evil Twin's Wife said...

We have a local pharmacist who makes his own poison ivy cream and from what I hear, it's the best thing around. Let me know if you want me to send you some!

Naquillity said...

sorry to hear this. hope you get some relief soon. try some benedryl or cortisone cream. they might help to dry the infected sites up.

GA Girl said...

You probably spread it when you undressed, Utenzi.