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  •  No. Bleach doesn't work for poison ivy. (3+ / 0-)
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    I know from first hand experience as a child.

    •  It doesn't "Cure" it but it can (2+ / 0-)
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      help to prevent it from spreading.

      income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

      by JesseCW on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 08:07:13 PM PDT

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      •  What 'spreads' is the plant oil. A bar of good (4+ / 0-)
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        working soap (Fells Naptha, etc.) works much better than bleach.  If there are poison ivy bumps that end up oozing, the fluid doesn't spread anything.

        After being in poison ivy, be sure to put exposed clothes in the wash as soon as possible...oil can stay on fabric and cause reaction if it rubs off on those who are allergic to it.

        "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

        by 417els on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 11:26:32 PM PDT

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        •  I use (4+ / 0-)
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          Tecnu because I am very allergic.  If I even think I came into contact with Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac I use it.  If I start to see a welt I carefully use it and so far I have not had the massive spreading problems I used to have.  

          •  Thanks for the Tecnu info. I'm not allergic to (0+ / 0-)

            any plants, but some people who work with me have been made miserable by poison ivy.  Nothing that's marketed for it has seemed to help much.

            "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

            by 417els on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 02:00:07 PM PDT

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    •  poison ivy sensitivity seems to vary (3+ / 0-)
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      with individuals.  It has never affected me, beginning as a city-born child who over  60 years ago moved to the country where it was everywhere.

      as they say,  YMMV.

      don't always believe what you think

      by claude on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 08:23:03 PM PDT

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      •  As far as I know (3+ / 0-)
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        30% of humans are not "allergic" to Urushiol, the chemical responsible for the skin reaction to the sap of poison ivy

        Urushiol oil can remain active for several years, so handling dead leaves or vines can cause a reaction. In addition, oil transferred from the plant to other objects (such as pet fur) can cause the rash if it comes into contact with the skin. Clothing, tools, and other objects that have been exposed to the oil should be washed to prevent further transmission.
        People who are sensitive to poison ivy can also experience a similar rash from mangoes. Mangoes are in the same family (Anacardiaceae) as poison ivy; the sap of the mango tree and skin of mangoes has a chemical compound similar to urushiol. A related allergenic compound is present in the raw shells of cashews. Similar reactions have been reported occasionally from contact with the related Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica) and Japanese lacquer tree. These other plants are also in the Anacardiaceae family.

        We've been spelling it wrong all these years. It's actually: PRO-GOP-ANDA

        by Patriot4peace on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 04:07:13 AM PDT

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      •  Doesn't seem to bother me either, maybe a few (3+ / 0-)
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        bumps if I come in contact, but my father was severely allergic and would swell up everywhere he'd come in contact with it. My brother is the same.

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