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sadtoo posted 8/30/2013 13:26 PM

I am miserable. I don't even know where or when I got into it.

It seems to be healing in some spots and popping up in new spots. WTH??

jo2love posted 8/30/2013 13:33 PM

(((sadtoo)))

I hope you feel better. My sis had it last year. She had to get a cream from the dr.

Newlease posted 8/30/2013 13:38 PM

Make sure you wash all your bedding and any clothing you were wearing when you encountered it. My son gets it bad every year and the oils can come off your skin and transfer to clothing/bedding.

The best thing to do is get a prescription steroid and use a topical like calamine lotion.

NL

I think I can posted 8/30/2013 13:43 PM

Zanfel. It is over the counter and very effective! Use it every time it starts to itch and it will be drying up in a couple of days. Stops the itch instantly for at least a few hours.

[This message edited by I think I can at 4:08 PM, August 30th (Friday)]

looking forward posted 8/30/2013 13:44 PM

Take an antihistamine, such as Benadryl, for the itching. Keep your skin dry. Calamine lotion is somewhat effective, and will help dry out the oozing. Poison ivy spreads very easily if the area is oozing. Keep your hands washed. A cortisone shot certainly helps me whenever I have poison ivy, which is every summer, without fail! Right in the midst of another bout right now!
My sympathies!!!

painpaingoaway posted 8/30/2013 14:08 PM

Zanfel. It is over the counter and very effective! Use it every time it starts to itch and it will be trying up in a couple of days. Stops the itch instantly for at least a few hours.
yes, yes, and YES! The stuff is fantastic. Works better than anything I have tried. However it is EXTREME!Y expensive. $40.00 for a tiny tube at Walgreens! I found it online on eBay for $14.00 a tube, and I bought 4 tubes and got them in 2 days. I battled poison ivy for 6 weeks this summer, did the prednisone, the shot, the pills, everything. It was awful, then I got it again. The second time I used nothing but the Zanfel, and whipped its ARSE!

I hated the prednisone. OMG it made me sick, nauseous, crazy, jittery, and I gained 15 lbs in 3 weeks! Never again.

Zanfel is my new best buddy!

[This message edited by painpaingoaway at 2:09 PM, August 30th (Friday)]

lied2 posted 8/30/2013 14:13 PM


See if you can get a hold of Jewelweed. It grows wild in alot of places - I have it all over my yard. It works for poison ivy. Burt's Bees makes items with jewelweed in them and some places online also sell items.


Here is what it looks like

http://herbgardens.about.com/od/medicinalherbs/p/Jewelweed.htm

http://www.briartech.com/earlysummer/jewel/jewel.htm

http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=IMCA

I talk the plants and either use them fresh or put them in oil and make a salve out of it with some bee's wax and vitamin e oil.

It works great. Hope that helps.

sadtoo posted 8/30/2013 14:13 PM

The weird thing is I have NEVER had it before. And I am an avid outdoors person...and I am into my 50's. I just assumed I was one of the 15% who wasn't allergic. Guess NOT!!

I'm washing my bedding now. I've washed my clothes and all of my gardening equipment.

I'm wondering if it's on my dogs. OMG. If I have to wash them.... ....I have THREE very LARGE English Mastiffs. Who knows where they go during the day around here? We live on an acreage with timber.

sadtoo posted 8/30/2013 14:19 PM

Zanfel. It is over the counter and very effective! Use it every time it starts to itch and it will be trying up in a couple of days. Stops the itch instantly for at least a few hours.

yes, yes, and YES! The stuff is fantastic. Works better than anything I have tried. However it is EXTREME!Y expensive. $40.00 for a tiny tube at Walgreens

I'm going to get this. I don't care what it costs, as long as it works. This itching is driving me INSANE.

I have taken Benadryl, but it knocks me out cold. So that's only good for night-time.

I knew I could count on you guys to have the answers!!

naome posted 8/30/2013 14:48 PM

A hairdryer works great too. Do not put right against skin wave back and forth. It will feel like tiny little fingers isching for you and lasts almost 8 hours. Use the cream after. The hair dryer helps dry up the poison quick. My pharmisist recommended it because I get it every year and doc would put me on steriods.

Lionne posted 8/30/2013 15:03 PM

You cannot spread it on your skin to another part of your skin. The "ooze" isn't contagious. However, the oils from the plants could indeed be on your dogs. You need to track it down in your yard and get rid of it with a strong herbicide. Or, if you are brave, wrap head to toe, and wash everything in hot water and strong detergent after, you can try to pull it up after a hard rain. Remember, it's a vine, so you have to try to get all of it, beginning to end, whether you pull it or use herbicide. Also, after gardening, wash arms, hands and any spots that may have come in contact with alcohol and then with brown soap. The less time the oils are on the skin, the less likely you are to have an allergic reaction.

Here is a good article about getting rid of it.

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Poison-Ivy-Plants

Allergies can develop to anything at any age.

sadtoo posted 8/30/2013 15:22 PM

I am brave, but I have over 30 acres to search.

Jennifer99 posted 8/30/2013 15:24 PM

Ivarest.

Pharmacy chain had it but behind the counter and we had to ask for it. NOT $40. I almost bought that one. Ivarest worked great.

I have a 10yo. Almost as bad as 3 dogs for who knows where we get what LOL

sadtoo posted 8/30/2013 15:52 PM

I've already gone through a whole tube of Ivarest.

I think I can posted 8/30/2013 16:11 PM

Yes, Zanfel is expensive. But steroid shots make me crazy and those boogers HURT and between the time & expense of the doctor it breaks out even in my book. And boy howdy Zanfel works.

Lionne posted 8/30/2013 16:24 PM

I am brave, but I have over 30 acres to search.

Yeah, I can see how that's a problem. Well, there is a product you can smear on yourself as you go out to block the oil, but I don't think it's effective. I'm afraid the dogs may be part of the problem. Ivy is an invasive species, grows when soil is disturbed, less likely in old growth areas. I have just taught myself to recognize it quickly, I can often spot it even when it hides under other plants. It seems to be good at that!

Good luck!

homewrecked2011 posted 8/30/2013 16:32 PM

THe only thing that helped me was at I think Dollar General they have some medicine that says Poison Ivy on it.

I'm sure they have it at walmart or wherever.

Also I took Zyrtec while using this

sadtoo posted 8/30/2013 17:06 PM

scaredyKat,
Come on over and ride around in my Gator with me. You point it out, I'll spray it. I'll supply the beer!!

namaste32 posted 8/30/2013 18:41 PM

I feel your pain.I had it for the first time in my life ever and yes it is awful.I bought everything from the pharmacy,but the only thing that really worked right away is a product called Tecnu. The cost is around 15 dollars or so. You rub it on for 15 seconds,I did 30,just to be sure,and rinse it off. That was the only thing that worked.

InnerLight posted 8/30/2013 23:02 PM

I have 5 acres of poison oak and have learned to recognize it an avoid it. But it's impossible to really avoid. when I know i've been in it I wash up with Technu and launder my clothes.

You can't get it from the oozing rash, you can only get it from the oils on clothing or shoes, or your dogs.

I found that after several years I am less susceptible.
In fact after 9 years hear I can weed wack it, juices flying, and as long as I wash up within 2 hours I am OK. So it's possible that your susceptibility may reduce over time.

Also you want to make sure that you don't put any oil on it. Drying things only. Oil is too trapping of moisture. Clay, Sodium bicarbonate, will dry it.

The gift of it is that it makes you super aware of plants!

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