Simply Not So simple

Mango/poison Ivy Rash

Hello! I’m not going to link google searches, if you made your way here you’ve already done that!

As you may not have known before becoming traumatized by your mango rash, mango sap contain an oil that is related to poison ivy, poison oak and cashews.

My story starts with picking unripe mangos off a tree at our new house. The sap was dripping from the broken stems and all over my right arm which was cradling the mangos. I simply wiped it off and didn’t rinse or wash the sap off. Cue 48 hrs later I began to develop an itchy splotch on my right arm where the majority of sap had leaked. Cue 3-5 days later, I had a completely itchy arm. 10 days later, my arm was swollen, hot and itchy. I started breaking out in hives on my legs and both arms. I guess I had droplets of sap land on my left arm because my left arm looked like I had chicken pox but my right arm was a mess.

Eventually, we went to a walk in clinic. The dr had never heard of mango rash. I knew it was mango rash because I knew when and how the rash started. I was given a shot of steroids and a prescription for steroid cream, prednisone and an antibiotic. My rash had started to turn in cellulitis or a skin infection caused by bacteria getting into the inflamed site.

Around day 5 or treatment, I had an epiphany and started washing my arms and hives in head and shoulders dandruff shampoo. This helped amazing well and the effect was noticeable in healing.

Mango rash itches like crazy. Keep it cool. Cool water helps a ton and so does ice packs. Benedryl topical gel and creams didn’t cut it nor did really anything available over the counter.

Pictures are in reverse order, I couldn’t get them to post in order of occurrence.

After 10 days of treatment:

After several days of healing and prescription medicines:

Right before I went into the walk in clinic…

It’s getting itchier and bigger

The start of the rash…..

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