[LMB] Poison Ivy vs Nasty Creatures

Meg Justus mmegaera at nwlink.com
Sat May 19 17:32:11 BST 2012

But several people were commenting on being allergic - to my mind that
means anaphylactic shock and death unless you carry the appropriate
epipen or whatever - not complaining of maybe getting a rash.


Okay.  To me, anaphylactic shock and death are a subset of allergic. 
Allergic to me can mean anything from causes a rash on up.  For instance, 
I'm also allergic (that's what the doctor called it) to sulfa drugs, which 
cause an irritating rash on my *feet*, of all places, but no other symptoms.

I get a pretty bad rash from regular ivy (and from poison ivy and poison 
oak).  No, it's not going to kill me.  But it's a good reason to go out of 
my way to avoid the stuff, too.


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