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Topic: Poison Ivy on Arm with Lympeadema

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Posted on: Apr 20, 2017 08:16PM - edited Apr 20, 2017 08:31PM by cjain

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Apr 20, 2017 08:38PM - edited Apr 20, 2017 08:41PM by cjain

I have poison ivy on my affected arm. I know not to scratch but am worried about infection. Any advice? Thank you.

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Apr 20, 2017 09:06PM Icietla wrote:

Wash it well with warm soapy water. Gently pat it dry. Put on salt water compresses if they seem to help.

I do not know if you should use any oily ointment where you are likely to develop blisters. Witch hazel is a mild disinfectant that might help soothe the skin.

If your arm gets to feeling heavy at all, or if you have any chills or feel unwell, go the Emergency Room.

Dx 2/12/2016, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/25/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 20, 2017 09:12PM Icietla wrote:

That could be very confounding, trying to distinguish the inflammation from possible infection from the inflammation you can fairly expect from reaction to poison ivy. You also have to be concerned that an infection at your affected arm, if it develops, may not present with the appearance clues that usually accompany infection.

Dx 2/12/2016, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/25/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 20, 2017 09:20PM cjain wrote:

Thank you, Icietla. I'm going to try the salt water compress tonight

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Apr 20, 2017 09:20PM hugz4u wrote:

Someone posted a thread on this maybe a year ago. Try searching. Don't scratch watchever you do. Scratching is not worth the complications you could get. Resist

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Apr 20, 2017 09:24PM ChiSandy wrote:

Ask your doctor or nurse if you can take Benadryl—it will greatly reduce the itching.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 20, 2017 09:28PM - edited Apr 20, 2017 09:36PM by hugz4u

I copied a post but deleted it because I think you should read all posted on the treads for ivy. There is much to read.

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Apr 20, 2017 09:42PM Icietla wrote:

You are welcome. Here is one with some guidance__

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/64/topics/759378?page=265

Dx 2/12/2016, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/25/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 20, 2017 09:46PM Kicks wrote:

My suggestion would be to check with your Dr or his/her PA or RN for their suggestions.

I'm one of those 'weirdo' that do not react to poison ivy - have been in it too many times to remember all of and never any reactions. I am very allergic to Mangos though. Can't get any of juice from the fruit, touch the tree or stand under one while it drips from rain/heavy dew without majority breaking out. Mangoes are related to Poison Ivy so doesn't make sense that I am so allergic to Mangoes but not at all to Poison Ivy.

Dx 8/7/2009, IBC, Stage IIIC, 19/19 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/24/2009 AC Surgery 10/20/2009 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/10/2009 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/3/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Apr 20, 2017 11:03PM cjain wrote:

Thank you for the link and bumping the PI thread Icietla & Hugz4u. Haven't been on the site for a long time but knew I'd find good advice here. The itching isn't so bad right now so I'll try the compresses and hope for the best. Kicks, my H isn't allergic to PI either (or mangoes). Unfortunately, my Dr is on medical leave and the NPR that got me through BC just left 🙁. Time to meet the new doctor might be soner than I thought.

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Apr 21, 2017 09:30AM Binney4 wrote:

cjain, you might also want to contact your LE therapist--s/he might have personalized suggestions. Do contact your new doctor today, as we're heading into the weekend and you could need help over the next few days. You might ask specifically if a round of antibiotics would be appropriate, since infection with LE is always a heightened worry.

Yikes, I'm so sorry you're going through this! Do keep us posted, please. Gentle hugs,
Binney

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Apr 21, 2017 10:18AM - edited Apr 21, 2017 11:00AM by cjain

Thanks, Binney. When I called and explained the situation, they scheduled an appointment for me this afternoon. Will let you know if I receive any new information on handling PI

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Apr 21, 2017 02:53PM Binney4 wrote:

Whew! Sure hope the new doctor is a great fit for you, and that the two of you can work out a plan for getting through this smoothly!

Hugs,
Binney

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Apr 30, 2017 03:33PM Binney4 wrote:

cjain, how's it going? Thinking of you and hoping this is clearing up well.

Hugs,
Binney

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