If I want a break from the gooey-ness of the Calagel, I switch over to a generic of Cortisone 10 (are you seeing a 'generic' pattern here?). Cotton balls are a part of the kit as well - for both of the previous medications. Just be careful as you're taking pictures of your kit - come to find out, Diesel thinks cotton balls make for really chewing treats. 1oz for $3, cotton balls from a supply I already had.
|Diesel back there "helping" me with this post.|
It's not much to look at, but it's probably the best ~$15 I've spent getting ready for the next camping season. It'll live in the 'pup and I hope to never need to use it. But, as my Eagle Scout Dad taught me, it's best to be prepared.
BTW (this part gets a little gross, skip to the 'final note' if you're squeamish) - If you've come across this post because you are currently suffering though a poison ivy rash, I have one more golden nugget for you: hot, almost way-too-hot, hot water. As hot as you can stand it, hot water. I discovered this the last time I had a reaction - and a really bad reaction it was: oozing, red, swollen, all over my elbow and forearm, and partially on my face (what's up with that!). If you have a sprayer/detached shower head, turn the water to as hot as you can stand and spray the rash area. Do not believe the common myth that you'll just spread the rash. (Learn more here.) The oozing is your body producing blisters to fight off the destruction caused by the original contact with urushiol. If you're at 'ooze phase' you're well beyond the initial contact. During the worst of my 'ooze,' I would shower in the morning around 7am, spray my arm and face with very hot water, and then have relief from the itching until about 2pm, at which point I wanted to bite my arm off. It worked for me even while camping (think: coffee pot of hot water, arm held over a bowl, and using a washcloth). This is by no means medical advice. Gotta say that because I don't want you to come back and sue me if you have a severe ivy rash and you scald yourself trying to stop the itch. Because when the ivy has you, you'll try anything for relief!
One final note: you know how 15% of the population doesn't have to go through all this? Guess who's part of that group?
Yep, RDB is immune.