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some oldtimers around here in pa. dutch country of the southeastern part of the state,if you chewed poison ivy leaves and swollo

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  • some oldtimers around here in pa. dutch country of the southeastern part of the state,if you chewed poison ivy leaves and swollo

    some oldtimers around here in pa. dutch country of the southeastern part of the state,if you chewed poison ivy leaves and swollowed them while having the rash you would never get it again. what do you say.

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    I would not do it. I speak as a retired ER nurse.You probably wouldn't have another rash if you did that. A rash like that can mean your body has been sensitized and you are having an antibody antigen response. This can escalate to a true anaphyllactic event. Those can be fatal if there is no emergency medical treatment at hand. By the time you realized how bad it was and what was going on, you could be a case for the Medical Examiner's office. May not happen, but it could. It's kinda like playing on the highway at night, you might not get hurt, but common sense should tell you, probably not a good idea.

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    • #3
      thats a perfect example of you should only take advice from certin people in life I'm with Bo not because of my med. backround but from my 30 years of common sense.

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      • #4
        Generally speaking I never put anything near my mouth that has the word "poison" attached to it.

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        • #5
          If it were me I'd pick some and rub it on the old timer who told you that and when they get the rash let them chew some & swallow it, then report back to us on the results. Bet that will stop that folk lore from being spread any further.

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          • #6
            If you would "swallow" that story, I have some Enron stock I'll sell you at a reasonable rate.

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            • #7
              i have an uncle who tried that very thing, and wound up in the hospital due to having the allergic reaction happen internally.

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              • #8
                File this one away under Bad Advice. Bo's right--don't do it.

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                • #9
                  Sounds like the chances are pretty good that once you eat it you will never get it again ... or anything else for that matter.

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                  • #10
                    I don't know about that one.... sounds like a bad idea to me. They don't call it POISON ivy for nothing.

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                    • #11
                      BAD IDEA

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