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Ghetto Lobster
03-28-2012, 04:06 PM
Man, I got it bad for the past week on my arms. usually I'm good if I know I'm working around it and shower off within an hour or so and I'm good. But my arms look like a sausage and cheese hero. Aside from doctors, drugs, steroids, etc. Lets hear how you all deal with it. :mad:


KJS
03-28-2012, 04:11 PM
Man, I got it bad for the past week on my arms. usually I'm good if I know I'm working around it and shower off within an hour or so and I'm good. But my arms look like a sausage and cheese hero. Aside from doctors, drugs, steroids, etc. Lets hear how you all deal with it. :mad:

I am deathly allergic to it since I was a kid. My skin looks like third degree burns and sometimes gets huge boils. I have tried everything. You just have to man up and get through it. You can go get the steriod packs, but to be honest, by the time you realize you have an issue and go get the things and start taking them, you are already most of the way through the problem.

If the itch is getting you that bad, take benedryll. If really bad take benedryll and pound a few beers.

RussH
03-28-2012, 04:46 PM
I never got poison ivy until a couple of years ago. I could literally lay in the stuff and had no effect at all. I was cutting down a tree and it had poison ivy all around it. I didn't think anything of it because I never got the rash and itching from it. From what the doctor told me when you are exposed to it 7-10 times with no reactions, you will eventually get it. My understanding is after you are exposed to it numerous times it's only a matter of time before you will get the rash and itching.

I ended up getting it over about 80% of my body. I didn't have a shirt on and simply didn't pay any attention to it, what a huge mistake. After 3 days of being in misery I went to the doctor and got a 7 day pill treatment that was supposed to get rid of it in 7 days. I ended up having to back and get another 7 day pill treatment before it finally went away.

Now I watch for it and don't go near it. That was one of the most miserable things I've ever had and have no intention of ever getting it again.

Does anyone know the reason why you don't stay immune to it your whole life?

Russ


FASTFJR
03-28-2012, 05:16 PM
I am deathly allergic to it since I was a kid. My skin looks like third degree burns and sometimes gets huge boils. I have tried everything. You just have to man up and get through it. You can go get the steriod packs, but to be honest, by the time you realize you have an issue and go get the things and start taking them, you are already most of the way through the problem.

If the itch is getting you that bad, take benedryll. If really bad take benedryll and pound a few beers.

You sound like me, when I was 12 I got it really bad all over my left arm. And your right, it looked like a really bad burn. This was about 1975, at the time they sold the stuff called Nioxin that came in a brown bottle. The box also contained a few q-tip things and a few popsicle sticks (really I'm not kidding). What you were suppose to do was break open the boils and rub the stuff on. Man it freaking burned like hell:o:o:o.........but it worked. I swear it contained bleach because not only did it dry your skin out my arm did not tan there for 2 years. The older I get the less I need to worry about it. I think I could pretty much roll around in it now and I would not be effected.

alligatorgar
03-28-2012, 05:21 PM
As a kid I used to climb up trees using the vines. Tarzan....................................
Ignorance is blisssss

jebsurf
03-28-2012, 05:40 PM
I'm not reading the books that everyone wrote but I get it if I look at it. I found SCOLDING hot water works wonders! Let it run right over top of it....like as hot as you can stand. Not only does it give you this awesome feeling but the hot water dries it out and will usually be gone in a couple days. I didn't believe it myself until I tried it. Google it and see if I'm lying


You can thank me later

raven71
03-28-2012, 06:21 PM
jebsurf, totally agree with the hot water!! also I swear by Tech-nu which you can get at most pharmacies, great at washing off all kinds of saps and plant oils from your skin. I use to landscape for several years never got poison Ivy while using this stuff.

njbassr
03-28-2012, 06:40 PM
When I get I have to go to the doctors. They give me a needle and a prescription for prednisone. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. It spreads so quick arms,legs,face my eyes swell half way shut I've even had it on my pecker and I'm not joking.

ZIGZAG
03-28-2012, 07:17 PM
I can look at it and get it, when I come in contact with it I take an alcohol bath pretty much, but when I got it a few years back an md gave me a shot of something and it was gone in a couple days

swampu
03-28-2012, 07:43 PM
soap and don't itch. Don't touch your dick either. I got it on my unit two weeks ago and it went away in about a week. Soap and a scrubby work for me. Still sucks though

JCM 1420
03-28-2012, 09:30 PM
I know you didn't wanna hear about doctors, steroids, etc... BUT I am extremely allergic to poison sumac, and being in the outdoors often I get into a few times a year.

I have had almost no luck with the otc treatments, if you really wanna get rid of it, you can't beat the steroid shot. If they try to give you the pills, tell them no you want the shot.

I know it's not what you wanted to hear, but it is the only thing I have found to truly work.

19cape
03-28-2012, 10:57 PM
Dealt with it for a week once. used all the wash and lotion crap i could find. finally went to doc and got 3 weeks of prednisone, it had made it into my bloodstream and was spreading to places it never should have. itching stopped after 24hrs. took 3 per day the first week, 2 per day the second week and 1 per day the last week. couldn't sleep more than a couple hours at a time though. wife joked she was going to get me a permanent script for it because i got so many honey-do's completed

buddy29766
03-29-2012, 03:21 AM
Try a product called Tecnu, works really well.

Gator56
03-29-2012, 03:33 AM
An old country remedy a dear neighbor give me long ago up in the woods of Jawja was take your leftover coffee and mix it with baking soda into a paste and put it on the area and that will dry it out, it works.

throwback2
03-29-2012, 04:06 AM
I learned a trick for poison ivy last year,dawn dishwashing detergent.Rub it on,no water and it dries out the oils and kept it from spreading.Mine was gone in a couple days.

THT Mod 2
03-29-2012, 06:01 AM
I scrub it with bleach. Stings a little, but dries it out and takes the itch away.

beenie
03-29-2012, 06:06 AM
Cortisone cream is the only thing for me. It stops the itch. It takes about two weeks for it to run its course and then it's gone.

kimannjo
03-29-2012, 06:09 AM
I live by the ocean and dont go in the woods,,,,how did i get the poison ivy?? The damn mulch bags from the depot store,,,it has everything in it that can be shreaded....i was on my hands and knees spreading it around the plants,,,,hot out wiped my face,,,low and behold, next morning could not see, looked like i went a round with rocky...and had to sleep sittting up for three days cause my eyes were oozing gook. Now I have ROCK,,,lol,,,,joe

WildSideFL
03-29-2012, 06:35 AM
Bleach. It will dry it out and the rest of your skin. It worked great for me when I lived in NC and would get it a couple times a year.

starmonk
03-29-2012, 06:40 AM
I live by the ocean and dont go in the woods,,,,how did i get the poison ivy?? The damn mulch bags from the depot store,,,it has everything in it that can be shreaded....i was on my hands and knees spreading it around the plants,,,,hot out wiped my face,,,low and behold, next morning could not see, looked like i went a round with rocky...and had to sleep sittting up for three days cause my eyes were oozing gook. Now I have ROCK,,,lol,,,,joe

Yep - I get it annually this time of year from mulch.

kone
03-29-2012, 06:48 AM
+1 on Tecnu but that only keeps you from getting it. If you have it bad steroids ARE the way to go imho.

Old wives tale that you can spread it by itching. It only spreads by moving the oils of the plant around - not by spreading the ooze from the rash.

bsmit24
03-29-2012, 06:52 AM
No matter how observant I am, I always seem to get it during the summer when cutting firewood. Showering with lye soap usually washes it off or limits the affected area and a surf fishing trip drys up what the soap does not wash off.

cedarholm
03-29-2012, 06:58 AM
There are preventative lotion/sealers that can be applied before working around Poison ivy.

Afterwards, wash with Ivory soap.

Isn't there a vaccine now also?

fishingfun
03-29-2012, 07:28 AM
I currently have poison ivy but its no big deal because I keep this stuff on hand and the minute I notice any I start appling this cream. You need to get a prescription so next time your at your DR's ask him to give a prescription.

DESOXIMETASONE
CREAM USP, 0.25%

DoubleO7
03-29-2012, 08:33 AM
If your clearing brush and burning it, stay out of the smoke.
If there is ivy in the pile, the smoke will carry the offending oil.

supergrilldds
03-29-2012, 08:38 AM
I try to get by with all of the creams but after a few days I usually can't stand the itching. At that point I getin the shower grab a wash cloth and scrub it to death (this feels great!) with soap and then get out, dry the area and hit it with rubbing alcohol. It burns but it always dries it out and you don't have to worry about it any more. Just be sure to throw the washcloth away afterwards. Good luck.

1rider
03-29-2012, 09:13 AM
I scrub it with bleach. Stings a little, but dries it out and takes the itch away.

X2! As soon as I am aware of it I take a scotch Brits pad and scrub it with bleach. It is not pleasant but way better than the alternative:thumbsup:

bayrunner16
03-29-2012, 09:35 AM
It sounds wierd and it really sucks for a week or two, but if you eat some of the leaves, you won't get it anymore.
It may take two eating sessions to be completely immune.

If you eat some, don't panic after a few days, it gets way better after the first week or so.

James36c
03-29-2012, 09:42 AM
It sounds wierd and it really sucks for a week or two, but if you eat some of the leaves, you won't get it anymore.
It may take two eating sessions to be completely immune.

If you eat some, don't panic after a few days, it gets way better after the first week or so.

Dude thats messed up good way to kill someone lol

bayrunner16
03-29-2012, 01:58 PM
Dude thats messed up good way to kill someone lol


Nothing messed up at all.

Here in the Pacific Northwest it is a totally known practice. I can't tell you the number of native americans and loggers/timber fallers that have eaten poison oak. Works for some, doesn't for others.

Jay A
03-29-2012, 04:00 PM
Buy a bottle of low dose aspirin and take about 10 pills and crush them into a powder. Then add enough water to make a paste and smear it on the effected area. It not only stops the itch but it also absorbs the oils.

gort
03-29-2012, 04:27 PM
When I was a kid I'd get it so bad they would put me in the hospital. They gave me allergy shots for it, for what I recall was an entire summer. Been 40 years and haven't had a bump.

If you have it bad and it's affecting your quality of life get a cortisone shot for immediate relief ( it's like getting a lava shot from hell) or a script for prednisone, takes a little longer.



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