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Old 09-16-2013, 02:45 PM
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Never had chiggers or ticks, but I am insanely allergic to poison ivy. Had it on my face once, and that was not a pleasant 2 weeks. Every now and then I'll get it on my ankles right above my socks, or on my arms when I accidently touch it while reaching for a disc.
Best thing is get the oils washed off (I have special soap for this), wash your clothes and whatever you may have touched. Then hydrocortisone all over the area. Also, ice packs can make it itch less.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:57 PM
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I can testify to Mean Green as an effective and way cheaper substitute for Zanfel to scrub away poison ivy (even after you've had it for a few days). I bought a tub online which is essentially a lifetime supply. Only issue is it'll grow mold after a while; solution - stick it in the freezer, scoop out a bit & thaw it when you need some. Just got back from playing Stafford Lake in CA, and can confirm it works on poison oak too. See for detail:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/th...1744563&tn=100
TECNU is better
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:35 AM
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Living where I do in the northwest, I rarely have any encounters with anything other then ticks. Deer ticks are a giant pain in the ass. Played out at Four Mounds this year for the Lilac City Open, spent the entire next week removing ticks. Final count was 41. I still wake up in fear sometimes thinking that I'll find more.

My only experience with chiggers is through you guys. You can keep them, I do not need anything that makes my skin itch more so than it already does. Plaque psoriasis is bad enough.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:46 AM
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Final count was 41.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:53 AM
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:25 AM
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TECNU is better
I used tecnu for a while too, but then discovered that dawn works just as well, and it's $16 for literally a lifetime supply if you happen to shop at Sam's club. I'm on the same bottle I bought 5 years ago.



I also keep these in the trunk of the car for when I'm not immediately headed home for a dawn shower and think I've been exposed:



I feel like a quick scrub with degreaser and rinse from a water bottle has to be better than leaving the oils on my skin for 2 hours until I can get home and shower.

Between these 2, I haven't had a serious outbreak in 5 years...following 2 of the worst seasons I'd had in my life.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:18 AM
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You got it right barneco. The key is to get the oil off soon as possible and when you get home is likely too late. Anything that will remove the plants oil (urushiol) will work. I've found the easiest, cheapest, and least messy is basic rubbing alcohol. Keep a large bottle and roll of paper towels in your car. Soon as you get done take off shoes/socks and thoroughly wipe down your ankles, legs, arms, etc... basically anywhere you may have been exposed. Also really helps with chiggers and you feel much cleaner for the ride home to boot. Soon as you get home take a good shower right away as well. You can even keep a small bottle along with a pack of wet wipes in your bag to use while you're on the course. If you're going to be playing for a long time or are hyper allergic like myself it can make a big difference in the amount and severity of the rashes.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:32 AM
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^^^ TRUDAT. Main point is - get the oils off the skin ASAP!! by any means necessary!!

F*** YOU POISON OILS AND TICKS/CHIGGERS!!!!

Although, some sick sadistic part of me oftentimes misses the burn of hot water on poison ivy, if I haven't had it for awhile.
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:51 PM
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Gnats are kiling me! I have pretty much soaked myself in DEET and it doesn't phase them. They get in my eyes, landing on my eyeball while I am in my x step! On the heavily wooded courses I have even worn my bug net that goes over my head.
wear a hat and place a tall blade of grass as a stem.

bugs go for the highest point.
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:58 PM
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Living where I do in the northwest, I rarely have any encounters with anything other then ticks. Deer ticks are a giant pain in the ass. Played out at Four Mounds this year for the Lilac City Open, spent the entire next week removing ticks. Final count was 41. I still wake up in fear sometimes thinking that I'll find more.

My only experience with chiggers is through you guys. You can keep them, I do not need anything that makes my skin itch more so than it already does. Plaque psoriasis is bad enough.
This reminds me of when I was back in MO. A friend and I put in a course on his dad's property. It was beautiful, but there were soooooo many ticks.

P.S. I'm still working on getting rid of Lyme Disease. It's no fun, so make sure to do through tick checks every time.
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