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Response to poison oak changed?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 11, 2011 at 7:27 PM

I used to have a moderate response to poison oak, but seems like after paleo, my response has lessened quite a bit. I was hiking in heavy poison oak last week and so far, no response at all. I know I must have touched it lots of times as the bushes were everywhere intruding into the path. I know that individual poison oak response can change with time, but I am wondering if paleo eating might have also influenced it. Response to poison oak is an immune response which one would reasonably assume would be influenced by things like vitamin D levels, inflamation levels, etc. What do you think?

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on February 18, 2011
at 11:50 PM

Hehe, Defcon 5! Good analogy plus made me chuckle.

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on February 12, 2011
at 04:56 AM

Nope. The oil does nothing until an immune cell finds it and reacts and calls an attack. Supposedly, all damage to your skin is actually the result of your own immune response, not the oil itself. I have often felt it sound more like an allergic reaction than an actual poison. The oil itself apparently does not hurt you, only you hurt you. Or at least that is what the doctors say happens as far as I can tell.

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on February 12, 2011
at 01:40 AM

I thought it was an oil chemical reaction? I've always been immune, even when my immune system was in the sewer.

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on February 11, 2011
at 08:04 PM

That's interesting, but it makes a lot of sense. If your immune system is on defcon 5 24/7 because of the wheat in your gut, it stands to reason that all histamine responses would be heavy-handed. I'm looking forward to an allergy-free June this year.

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on February 18, 2011
at 11:50 PM

Hehe, Defcon 5! Good analogy plus made me chuckle.

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on February 12, 2011
at 12:47 AM

Lucky you! I haven't noticed a difference - darn it!

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