Am I allergic to poison ivy? Yes!

June 21, 2019

One of the most frequent questions I get is whether I am allergic to poison ivy.  Since that is the primary reason most people inquire about Goatscaping and since I spend the majority of my summer days in the midst of poison ivy, it's an excellent question.


This is my 4th season of Goatscaping and the 3rd one where I haven't really gotten poison ivy.  Why is that?  The biggest factor for me personally is gloves.  My Dad clued me in on this secret weapon - fireplace gloves!  In season 1, I would have a band of poison ivy rash on my wrists.  Since I switched to fireplace gloves, no more poison ivy rash on my wrists.  


Here is my complete protocol:

  • Fireplace gloves

  • Long sleeves and pants

  • Baseball cap

  • Never touch "haz mat" aka hazardous materials without gloves.  This includes tools, goats, outfit.

  • Tecnu

  • Immediate disrobe and laundry / shower when you get home

I got cocky a few weeks ago.  I thought maybe I have built up immunity to poison ivy.  So I went and cleared some in my yard in shorts and a t-shirt.  Not much.  I was careful  HA!  I got the rash on one arm and one knee.  It is humbling.  I am back to my full protocol and rash-free, hopefully for the rest of the season.



 Julia practicing safe goat petting with Louie:

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