I have a worst-case scenario, a cautionary tale as well >>>Poison Oak, and mosquitoes... makes me wonder if I even want to camp outdoors??? Over the years all my allergies have become worse (did I forget to mention about 10 types of pollen?). I'm even sensitive now to paper dust in the air (I work at a newspaper). I can overdose on Claritin/Zyrtec to manage the symptoms, and mosquito bites bother me far more than brown recluse spiders (I seem to have developed some immunity), but exposure to poison oak/ivy is my kryptonite. Four years ago, I inadvertently disturbed a yellowjacket nest while trimming a branch my wife couldn't reach. I was immediately stung about 15-20 times on my head, which caused me to jump against the fence with poison oak coming thru from the neighbors yard. Good thing about the yellowjackets, though...I was ok after that, even the swelling was gone in a coupla days, but if they had stung my wife she might've died (her epipen was misplaced, we had no Benedryl handy, and a single sting will put her in shock). But back to the poison oak... I immediately washed off with water, then with soap/water in the house. But, no luck. The rash soon developed anyway, fortunately only on my left arm, four inches above and below the elbow. Tried the usual remedies, including calamine and benedryl creams, and it got progressively worse. After three days of the maddening itch, I went to a doctor, and obtained a prescription cream "Clobetesol Proprionate". After a week more, and a coupla tubes of the cream , it was gone. Then, it reappeared months later, same spot. Same remedy worked again. It reappeared each summer since then, as well. It seems that I stll have it , deep in my skin, only to pop up in the heat of summer, every year. The doctor said he didn't know if it was permanent, or even possible (not a dermatologist). So I keep a tube of cream handy, anyway, waiting for the next occurence.
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