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What to do if you have been stung multiple times by yellow-jackets hours or days from the trailhead?

"Get out as fast as possible" doesn't make sense considering you are "hours or days" from a trailhead. If the allergic reaction is going to kill you, like swelling up your throat to the point you can'...
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How rare is resistance to poison ivy, and does resistance increase?

The poison ivy plant itself is not what makes people itch. It's an oil called urushiol, which is inside the leaves, stems and roots of the plants. That's why some of the sources I quote below use the ...
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Why does my hand skin continue to crack and peel for days after rock climbing?

The problem could be caused by an allergy to drying additives in climbing chalk; that's what caused my problem. I had been using a prefilled chalk ball in my outdoor climbing chalk bag, and when I ...
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How rare is resistance to poison ivy, and does resistance increase?

I don't know how rare resistance is, but it seems the real question is about resistance coming and going. Yes, resistance can come and go for individuals over their lifetime. Exposure, or long ...
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How should I treat poison ivy?

I realize that an answer has already been chosen, but as a frequent sufferer of poison ivy, I feel obliged to answer. The best way to treat poison ivy, is to not get it in the first place, with ...
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Allergic to Neoprene and need water shoes

One summer job, I needed shoes to walk on a rocky beach, sometimes in the water, for 5 to 10 miles per day all summer. Stretchy neoprene shoes were terrible for this- no traction and no support. So I ...
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Allergic to Neoprene and need water shoes

Two suggestions. Buy canvas sneakers or tennis shoes, or even those flat soled kungfu shoe style slippers. Leather boat shoes.
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What are the most common stinging plants to be aware of in North America?

This is what I've found in the wonderful world of the internets: http://www.buildablock.com/blog/poisonous-plants-to-avoid-in-north-america Personal experience living in the USA for 22 years says ...
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How should you wash clothes after exposure to poison oak/ivy/sumac?

I make my own laundry soap. I just found out that fels naptha soap found at walmart in the laundry isle is the best to use for the oils left on material items. Try it it works great and i save tons ...
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How should I treat poison ivy?

I'm not going to repeat any of the good advice given in earlier answers. However, creams, lotions and salves will not work if you have a massive case of poison ivy. Then there is nothing to do but ...
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How should I treat poison ivy?

Know how to identify it and avoid. that is the only way. Long pants and socks will help, but if you get it on them and use your hands in contact, surprise .. and then ... Homeopathic remedies sound ...
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