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View Poll Results: Did you get poison oak at CMW?
Nope, none at all! 6 42.86%
Just a tiny spot. 5 35.71%
I got a little here and there. 1 7.14%
THE ITCH! IT'S KILLING ME! 2 14.29%
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Old 2005-10-21, 04:45 PM   #1
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Did you get poison oak at CMW?

Despite the organizer's constant reminders of the massive presence of poison oak about the trails we rode, I managed to pick up a bit of the plant's nasty oils. It wasn't that I didn't pay attention, it's just hard to aim when doing a flying UPD

A couple days after the weekend I found a couple small bumps on my wrist, in the space between my armor and my glove. Not bad, I thought, and went on as if that was all I had to worry about.

Come Wednesday I went to do some lunchtime trials practice with Corbin and put on my unwashed leg armor for about an hour's worth of riding. Now, this morning, I'm noticing some small bumps on my knee... itch, itch, itch. It looks like I've still got some oils on my armor - they're getting a bath in Tecnu tonight!

I know there were plenty of spectacular dismounts... did anyone else come home and discover they brought back a nasty little rash?
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Old 2005-10-21, 05:40 PM   #2
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I definitely got more than a little.
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Old 2005-10-21, 05:58 PM   #3
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None here... but someone pointed out what it was when I was standing in it... so now is a good time to soak my leg armour just in case. Hmmm... is tecnu even available in MN?
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Old 2005-10-21, 09:51 PM   #4
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For Gilby: I'm sure you can find Tecnu, as it works the same for poison ivy.

I only got one little spot that I've noticed, which is massive success for me! Woo hoo! Putting on the Tecnu before the rides surely made a difference! That's nice to know because it's pretty slimy going on...

You didn't need to crash to pick some up either. For example, at the swimming hole on Sunday, I had to walk quite a ways to find a place to put down my unicycle that wasn't a poison oak plant. The stuff was everywhere. Same thing in most of the other stopping points on the lower half of the rides.

But what awesome rides they were. Well worth the poison oak risk, even for a habitual victim like me.
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Old 2005-10-21, 10:38 PM   #5
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is tecnu even available in MN?
From what I've read, soap should work although not quite as well as Tecnu.

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Putting on the Tecnu before the rides surely made a difference!
Before you slather the chemicals all over yourself, you should be aware that this could be dangerous!
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Old 2005-10-22, 01:32 AM   #6
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I wasn't there, but I must say that tecnu rocks. A lot.
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Old 2005-10-22, 02:03 PM   #7
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So far only 3 got a tiny spot, and only 1 got the ITCH!!!

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Old 2005-10-22, 03:51 PM   #8
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I don't believe in poison oak.
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Old 2005-10-22, 03:52 PM   #9
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So far only 3 got a tiny spot, and only 1 got the ITCH!!!

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Old 2005-10-22, 05:27 PM   #10
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Did you get poison oak at CMW?
Very doubtful.
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Old 2005-10-23, 05:25 AM   #11
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From what I've read, soap should work although not quite as well as Tecnu.
From my experience and reading, most soaps are much less effective at breaking down those nasty oils.
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Before you slather the chemicals all over yourself, you should be aware that this could be dangerous!
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" Warning- This is a warning to people with senstive skin. Be aware that Tecnu in abundance can burn your skin, also when you are using drying agents check for alcohol in the ingredients. I have ended up with scars from the "alcohol" burns. I cannot use bleach or the hot water method. For sensitive skin with a severe breakout (face involved, eyes swollen)"

Apparently 15% of those that are sensitive to poison oak can be hyper-sensitive, and this page of advice is directed at them. I am pretty sensitive, and have dry skin, but fortunately not in a real bad way. Pre-dosing with the Tecnu is *much* preferrable to picking up poison oak in any amount. Also not sure what they mean by the bleach or hot water methods; I think those are separate from the Tecnu warning. Tecnu is always supposed to be applied with cool water, or with none. Use as directed.

And no, Tecnu is not paying me. Hey, that's an idea, a sponsorship from Tecnu! Hmmm.

And yes, the little spot I found *did* itch of course. That's how you know it's poison oak and not a bug bite or something else. The key is to realize it's poison oak before absent-mindedly scratching it a lot. That seems to be how it gets started on me. If I notice before I scratch too much, and use a lot of will-power, I can control it.
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Old 2005-10-23, 06:36 AM   #12
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So far only 3 got a tiny spot, and only 1 got the ITCH!!!

Be well.

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You were at cmw? whats your name, were you at the street/trails comp?
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Old 2005-10-23, 07:01 AM   #13
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You were at cmw? whats your name, were you at the street/trails comp?
Bill likes to be mysterious on the forums. He may not want to say his name (or he may be an alias or not even a real person). I'll give you a hint... do you remember a very tall guy? That might be him. (His unicycle looks like a giraffe without a chain.)

This thread might give you some insight into who he is (but probably not).

I hope all this "information" is helpful.
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Did you get poison oak at CMW?
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I always look up to BillyTheMountain. He's like a hero in a strange sort of way. I may have actually touched him once.
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