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Why does oatmeal stop itching?

  1. May 28, 2007 #1
    so did anyone else take oatmeal baths when they had the chicken pox or something itchy? why does oatmeal help?
     
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  3. May 28, 2007 #2

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    When I was fourteen and had chicken pox the doctors gave me a bottle of calamine lotion. I used the whole thing and felt no effect on the affected area. They didn't say anything about oatmeal, but normally aren't chemicals better than plants with illnesses?
     
  4. May 28, 2007 #3

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    And will somebody hit her with a fish already? She's already got one post for cryin out loud!
     
  5. May 28, 2007 #4
    now i'm nervous! why would you hit me with a fish?!
     
  6. May 28, 2007 #5

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    Hi, Morgan. The reference is that you have not yet been slapped upside the head with the traditional PF 'Welcome' fish. When I started here, we were just given a fish to chomp on. A couple of vegetarians joined, so we had to just whap them with the fish since they wouldn't eat them. You must already be in good standing, though, because apparently your fish is not frozen.

    Anyhow, I suspect that the oatmeal thing works because it's an astringent.
     
  7. May 28, 2007 #6

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    Salmon,Cod, or Haddock??????? Decisions.....Decisions......
     
  8. May 28, 2007 #7

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    I believe that salmon is the weapon of choice most of the time, but we had to use a minnow for yomamma.
     
  9. May 28, 2007 #8
    They say when it drys it leaves a powder film on the skin and the powder helps the itching. I've used oatmeal shampoo on my dog for a bad allergy that made her loose a lot of her fur and gave her very rough skin. The shampoo made her skin feel smooth and soft for about a week.

    Oh and, try the fish, it's great.
     
  10. May 28, 2007 #9

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    I'll take your word for it.....

    *wacks Morgan with a Salmon*
     
  11. May 28, 2007 #10

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    :surprised The salmon is for two year anniversaries!!!

    Due to inflation, I'm afraid all new members will henceforth be whacked with blocks of frozen chum. :frown:

    The good news is that if they survive the initial blow, they will most likely become good members.

    BTW G01, I don't remember hitting you.

    <WHAM>

    Now you're official. :approve:
     
  12. May 28, 2007 #11

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    *pelts Morgan with frozen oatmeal*

    feel better?
     
  13. May 28, 2007 #12

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    AGGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!! I thought you would have forgotten about it by now!!!!
     
  14. May 28, 2007 #13

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    :biggrin:
    we need tiny fish icons to signify which members have been properly greeted.
    [​IMG]
     
  15. May 28, 2007 #14

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    Ooooh, good idea. :approve:

    But it's just so much fun <WHAM> sorry G01, you were just the closest victim. :biggrin:
     
  16. May 28, 2007 #15
    well i must say i do feel quite welcome. :smile: although maybe a little dizzy and fishy. but not at all itchy thanks to the oatmeal! :biggrin:
     
  17. May 28, 2007 #16
    Quaker blesses their oatmeal with a secret Quaker prayer which drives out all itching and cholestrol wherever their oatmeal is applied.
     
  18. May 28, 2007 #17

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    Ah, that's must be where the the inject-oatmeal-into-your-heart treatment they're working on at Penn State comes from.
     
  19. May 29, 2007 #18

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    what?? cow dung works even better.
     
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