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Offline TheKeeneroo

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Poison Oak on Wet Suit??
« on: December 11, 2018, 02:08:34 PM »
Apparently missing the trail down in Big Sur lead to me getting poison oak all over me and the wet suit I wore to trudge through the thicket. Any thoughts on how to clean it off the suit without messing up the open cell neoprene?
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Offline charlierobinton

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Re: Poison Oak on Wet Suit??
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2018, 04:03:28 PM »
You just need to get the oil off. I'd soak it in a tub with some gentle dish soap for a while and then rinse it off with fresh water. I got a biodegradeable/hypoallergenic dish soap at whole foods a few months ago that I've been using to slide into my suit and it works great. It hasn't caused any harm to the neoprene yet!

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Re: Poison Oak on Wet Suit??
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2018, 09:25:27 PM »
Go diving. It’ll wash off.

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Re: Poison Oak on Wet Suit??
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2018, 10:16:08 PM »
Salt water, seriously. I rinse all my gear in the ocean that I fear has stuck up even a conversation with poison oak. Plus during this time of year in the winter months poison oak does not produce as much of the oil so it’s slightly less a concern you contracted it. Summer but especially the spring is when the oils are highest potency and most likely to cause an allergic reaction. I’m highly allergic to the f’ing plant I’ve learned the hard way many times! Even with contact to my skin I’ll rinse off in the ocean and haven’t had a reaction afterwards.

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Re: Poison Oak on Wet Suit??
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2018, 04:09:28 AM »
Salt water, seriously. I rinse all my gear in the ocean that I fear has stuck up even a conversation with poison oak. Plus during this time of year in the winter months poison oak does not produce as much of the oil so it’s slightly less a concern you contracted it. Summer but especially the spring is when the oils are highest potency and most likely to cause an allergic reaction. I’m highly allergic to the f’ing plant I’ve learned the hard way many times! Even with contact to my skin I’ll rinse off in the ocean and haven’t had a reaction afterwards.
Saltwater breaks down poison oak oil, I used to get it constantly for months at a time and the easiest cure was swimming in a saltwater pool for 20 minutes a day. It will  also breakndown if dried( usualy in 24 hours).

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Re: Poison Oak on Wet Suit??
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2018, 08:33:51 AM »
Plus during this time of year in the winter months poison oak does not produce as much of the oil so it’s slightly less a concern you contracted it. Summer but especially the spring is when the oils are highest potency and most likely to cause an allergic reaction.

Oh its not a concern at all... it's a fact jack. I'm covered head shoulders knees and toes (and balls and arm pits and everywhere else)... I got it in Sur on Saturday and dove on Sunday too (didn't wash my suit well on Saturday after dive) so maybe my wet suit doesn't have the oil on it anymore, but it was already too late for me...
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Re: Poison Oak on Wet Suit??
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2018, 02:04:55 PM »
Nice job Napoleon! 








Kidding, yeah I went through it before dipping into the ocean.  The ocean seemed to wash it off well enough. No issues here.



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Re: Poison Oak on Wet Suit??
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2018, 02:16:46 PM »
hahah discovering new worlds and conquering large fishies.

Just got back from urgent care... where in the paraphrased words of Forrest Gump, "They shot me in the buttocks" ... twice. Dang. Feels like an epic charlie horse.
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