the first, and pretty much only thing that i did, was prune a giant rose bush that we have in our backyard. this thing had not be trimmed back for years, so i got out my loppers and hand pruners, and went to town.
now, i was wearing a long sleeve shirt and jeans while doing all of the work, as well as gloves and sunglasses to keep the thorns from getting me. i did get a bunch of thorn bites thru my shirt on the arm while attempting to cut some branches, and had the usual scratches. this was all on saturday. on monday, my arm started to really itch, and i saw what looks to be poison ivy along my forearm. i do not have any poison ivy in the yard, so i'm not sure what it is. i'm wondering if the rose thorns could have caused this rash and the subsequent itching. have any of you ever experienced this?
i've been putting hydrocortisone cream on the rash area, but it still itches big time. i find myself looking for sharp objects to push against my arm to give me some relief. if the ocean was warmer, then i'd use my old tried and true method of dealing with poison ivy (or whatever this is) of rubbing wet sand on the rash until it opened up, and then go swimming for an hour or so. that always seemed to work nicely.