…Aw, just joshing. Poison ivy is always going to be an itchy menace.
…Now, science postulates that it is getting even more evil because there is more CO2 in the air (in our big terrarium here).
…Carbon dioxide makes the ivy create more of the poison substance, called urushiol.
…Usually, nothing happens the first time and the reaction comes on the second exposure. Within 15 minutes, the oil binds to skin proteins.
…To avoid the rash, you can try rubbing the area immediately with alcohol or plenty of cold water.
…PI is not contagious, no matter how icky the rash looks.
…Scratching the blisters also does not spread it, but while you still have the oil on your hands, you can spread it.
…Calamine or Burrows Solution can calm the blistery rash. An antihistamine like Benadryl can ease the itching or at very least, will allow you to sleep through it.
…Great…now we are warmer, the ice cliffs are crashing into the sea, and we are getting more posion ivy, in addition to less oxygen to make our brains think better about what to do about all this.