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#1 posted 09-15-2011 12:38 AM

Actually, I was reading up on this and the active ingredient in Poision oak/ivy is a chemical callled urisol….it is not present in these woods, but there is a different chemical obtusaquinone (the body converts urisol to a form of quinone) which is much worse in a fashion. The main difference in the chemicals is that you will build up a tolerance to urisol…and after continued exposure your skin may gain it’s own protection. With the rosewood family the chemical is compounding which means continued exposure just means more and more severe reactions. That is why I recommend you take precautions now so that over the years you do not find yourself having a surprise reaction – I have heard it go as severe as anaphylactic shock – which can be fatal if not treated immediately.

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