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Just wondering if anyone ever gets rashes or bumps on their skin after bank fishing/going through the woods. Almost every time this year I've been bank fishing and have come home with rashes and bumps on my exposed skin (legs, arms). I've had some bumps on my legs after being thorned by some plant for around 2 weeks now. If they don't go away this week I will visit a doctor. I'm a boy scout and fo hiking a lot but I've never gotten this before.  Does anyone know what these plants/insects could be?

 

Martin 

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Pants, boots, long sleeve shirt, and bug repellent.     

 

There are several varieties of poisonous plants, poison ivy, poison oak....

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Depending on your area three come to mind.

Poison oak, poison sumac, or poison ivy. 

None of them are much fun.

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I would advise to always wear pants and long sleeves when bank fishing, especially this time of year when ticks and other insects are so prevalent. You can always roll up your sleeves/pants when you get to your spot, but when you're making the trek through the woods and tall grass, I always make sure to be covered up. One guess to your rashes would be poison ivy, but tough to say.

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Pants, boots,belt,long sleeve shirt,tipless gloves, face mask and boonie hat.

All sprayed with that 6 week, keep bugs away stuff and than I spray Picardin on my pants/boots and shirt cuffs. That stuff KILLS ticks when they make contact with it.

The only rash I have gotten is on my thumb, from lipping green, fishy critters.

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You should get a allergy test, may be allergic to various plants. Do you know what poisonous plants look like? Then there are ticks, ants, spiders, mites etc waiting to bite you.

Tom

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38 minutes ago, Armtx77 said:

Pants, boots,belt,long sleeve shirt,tipless gloves, face mask and boonie hat.

All sprayed with that 6 week, keep bugs away stuff and than I spray Picardin on my pants/boots and shirt cuffs. That stuff KILLS ticks when they make contact with it.

The only rash I have gotten is on my thumb, from lipping green, fishy critters.

It repels ticks, doesn't kill them.

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I remember having a reaction to Nettles in my younger bank stomping days. The stems and undersides of the leaves have small cactus like needles like some of the thistles do. Bull nettles are really obvious plants to avoid. They are different then regular Nettles.  Like the others have stated wear long pants and long sleeves. With today's newer fabrics they can be comfortable to wear outside when it is hot.

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Poison ivy affects you immediately, the stinging itch is almost instant after touching the plant.  The plus is, if you do come in contact with it, just washing it off with water helps a lot.  I've been guilty of walking around the river in shorts and a tee shirt, so it's happened to me several times.

 

Earth shattering idea of the day, wear long sleeves and pants.

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Chiggers. They are invisible and will cause rashes and skin irritations.

 

See your pharmacist and find out what you can put on yourself to help prevent their infestation in the future.

 

Tuck long pants,jeans into socks.

 

Ware long sleeve shirts.

 

Ware a cap.

 

Use Deet type spray on your clothes, back of neck, and cap. Respray every two hours.

 

Look like you are going outside in December.

 

Take a hot shower when you return home and put clothes in washing machine on way to get cleaned up. Wash on hot water cycle.

 

You may have to go to a dermatologist and have your rash treated and get their advice on what is best to put on to avoid those insects and plants that can give you rashes.

 

 

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I dont fear much but chiggers are horrible little critters . The bites last over a week  and never stop itching . Ive had hundreds before . Stinging Nettles are common around water edges but   only itch for about thirty minutes for me  . I never had poison oak or ivy .

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I landscape for a living. I'm walking, pushing, or rolling through every brush, plant, tree, grass you can imagine. 

Yep, those bumps stay for a while. My skin gets agitated just the same as yours. I wear long sleeves, jeans, and gloves to combat it. 

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3 minutes ago, scaleface said:

I dont fear much but chiggers are horrible little critters . The bites last over a week  and never stop itching . Ive had hundreds before . Stinging Nettles are common around water edges but   only itch for about thirty minutes for me  . I never had poison oak or ivy .

I've never had poison ivy or oak either....and I 100% agree with how terrible chiggers are. I used to live in OK where chiggers and ticks were a constant battle. I've lived in SE NM for over 4 years and have not been bit by either one....but the downside is we have very little water. 

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3 hours ago, Bassin' Brad said:

I've never had poison ivy or oak either....and I 100% agree with how terrible chiggers are. I used to live in OK where chiggers and ticks were a constant battle. I've lived in SE NM for over 4 years and have not been bit by either one....but the downside is we have very little water. 

Could be that you two are part of the 10-15% of the population resistant to poison ivy. I am. Come into direct contact and never had an issue.

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chiggers

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5 hours ago, WRB said:

It repels ticks, doesn't kill them.

Tom

Fair enough, they fall off like they are dead and that works for me.

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5 hours ago, Pickle_Power said:

Poison ivy affects you immediately, the stinging itch is almost instant after touching the plant.  The plus is, if you do come in contact with it, just washing it off with water helps a lot.  I've been guilty of walking around the river in shorts and a tee shirt, so it's happened to me several times.

 

Earth shattering idea of the day, wear long sleeves and pants.

Negative. You may be thinking of nettles. Poison Ivy takes hours to have an effect. It is a type of immune reaction and takes some time for the immune cells to start coming to the area. Also, wearing long pants and shirts doesn’t do a lot for poison ivy because the oil, urushiol will get on your clothes and then when you touch your clothes to take them off you can spread it on your body. Fortunately, it can be rinsed off before it binds to your skin if you rinse it off within minutes.

 

45 minutes ago, Glaucus said:

Could be that you two are part of the 10-15% of the population resistant to poison ivy. I am. Come into direct contact and never had an issue.

I wish I was like that. I am SUPER sensitive to it. So much so that I have been hospitalized 3 times due to exposure. Now I am super paranoid about it. So much so that if I come within 10 feet of anything that even looks like it I rinse myself immediately. The last time I got it I am about 99% sure I did NOT come into physical contact with it.

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8 minutes ago, Dirtyeggroll said:

Negative. You may be thinking of nettles. Poison Ivy takes hours to have an effect. It is a type of immune reaction and takes some time for the immune cells to start coming to the area. Also, wearing long pants and shirts doesn’t do a lot for poison ivy because the oil, urushiol will get on your clothes and then when you touch your clothes to take them off you can spread it on your body. Fortunately, it can be rinsed off before it binds to your skin if you rinse it off within minutes.

 

I wish I was like that. I am SUPER sensitive to it. So much so that I have been hospitalized 3 times due to exposure. Now I am super paranoid about it. So much so that if I come within 10 feet of anything that even looks like it I rinse myself immediately. The last time I got it I am about 99% sure I did NOT come into physical contact with it.

Wow, I didn't know poison ivy could hospitalize people. 

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Only every time..I put coors light on it and it seems to help..

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23 minutes ago, 813basstard said:

Only every time..I put coors light on it and it seems to help..

This is what I call an ice cold solution. 

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1 hour ago, Dirtyeggroll said:

Negative. You may be thinking of nettles. Poison Ivy takes hours to have an effect. It is a type of immune reaction and takes some time for the immune cells to start coming to the area. Also, wearing long pants and shirts doesn’t do a lot for poison ivy because the oil, urushiol will get on your clothes and then when you touch your clothes to take them off you can spread it on your body. Fortunately, it can be rinsed off before it binds to your skin if you rinse it off within minutes.

 

I wish I was like that. I am SUPER sensitive to it. So much so that I have been hospitalized 3 times due to exposure. Now I am super paranoid about it. So much so that if I come within 10 feet of anything that even looks like it I rinse myself immediately. The last time I got it I am about 99% sure I did NOT come into physical contact with it.

My mom has caught it before just doing our laundry . 

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17 hours ago, Glaucus said:

Could be that you two are part of the 10-15% of the population resistant to poison ivy. I am. Come into direct contact and never had an issue.

I believe I am immune to it. I've spent countless hours in the woods as a boy and never got it. I had people tell me that I was walking on it or touching it. I've seen friends that had it and it looks awful.   

 

I had a cousin that answered the call of nature one time in the woods and used either poison ivy or poison oak leaves and it tore him up pretty bad. 

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I'm with @WRB on this one.  I'd go to the Dr. and have some tests to see if you have any allergies. You can become sensitized to anything at anytime.  I developed an allergy to evergreen plants and trees when I was 12.  Now all I have to do is brush up against them and I break out. 

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Make Benadryl part of you gear, even if it's a child's dose.

Unless allergic, take at the first sign irritation.

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Probably bites or an allergy. My wife took me to a botancial garden a few years ago and after a couple hours of walking around, I had hives all over. Went to a dermatologist and she said I was probably allergic to one or more of the 200 plants there. Told me to take both Zyrtec and Zantac once a day to calm everything down. I think she said Zyrtec in the morning and Zantac at night. I thought Zantac sounded strange but it’s actually an antihistamine. Doc also gave me a prescription for a steroid lotion. You might want to go to your PCP, a Dermatoligist, and go to an Allergy specialist and get tested for allergies. I also now wear long sleeves/pants, high boots, and use deet whenever I bank fish or hike. It still sometimes happens. Always take shower and wash clothes in hot water afterwards. I also always carry Benadryl. I hope everything resolves soon. 

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