Sunday, April 13, 2008

If Only it were a Hickey

Is it possible to get poison ivy in winter? YES.

"Urushiol is the chemical in poison ivy plants that causes the typical allergic reaction and symptoms of poison ivy rashes. Urushiol is found in the leaves, stems, and roots of poison ivy plants, which means that you can get a rash even in the winter, when a plant has lost all of its leaves."

For those who have never had it, allow me to share my misery.

Day 1: You may notice one or two small dots, or red, irritated skin. If you touch it, it will spread.

Day 2: Extreme, constant urge to itch.

Day 3: Inflamed area becomes painful.

Day 4: Tiny blisters form, producing puss and yellow ooze.

Day 5: Infected area begins to dry. Flaky skin to follow.

Day 6: See below.

Note: While there may be more sensitive areas to get poison ivy, the neck is not an ideal location as it closely resembles what appears to be a hickey. Unfortunately, turtlenecks and concealer are not your friend in this case, for they will only magnify the problem. And it takes far longer for a poison ivy rash to go away than a love-bite.

1 comment:

MD said...

Look on the bright side, now you can get all the hickies you want and blame it on poison ivy!