Helen, Isa at least is a nice answerer of questions. I wouldn't be afraid around her - you gotta watch out for beerman though
In addition to what Isa said I'll add this info from my internet perusals: Poison Ivy is caused by an oil or such on the plant. It won't appear until 12-48 hours later. If you don't get all the "oil" off your skin, clothes, etc. it can get worse and move around. It can be hard to get it all washed off though, especially if you didn't know that you got into it Poison Ivy normally lasts about 2-3 weeks, but almost never less than 1 week. It is definitely no bueno and itches likes crazy! Apparently it is growing rampantly this year (at least around here) because of all the early summer rain.
The comment on Stinging Nettles makes me laugh because I take them as a supplement for my allergies - they do wonders on itchy eyes! (I wonder if this would make me less susceptible if I got into them.)
This last part is only because people have asked. If your not interested then you don't have to read it. My case of Poison Ivy is going okay. (It seems I brushed up against it or transferred it around as there are patches on all four appendages and my neck. Not as bad it any one place as it could be though.) I finally succumbed to going to the doctor yesterday (I don't have insurance) and found out that I have an infection now as well. Something carried by small children that can live on your skin until it finds somewhere to go. My sister works at a daycare, so that probably explains that. Anyhoo, he gave me steroids and antibiotics and said it should be all gone by Friday. From what I've read on the internet I didn't realize doctors could give you anything for it other than stronger antihistamines, but this does seem to be helping out so we'll keep our fingers crossed! Thanks for all the well wishes
[ Edit: Edited on Aug 22, 2007, at 7:09 AM by Wonkerer ]