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Old 04-19-2014, 02:05 PM
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Ive been building a new patio and had to clear some poison ivy last week and am now covered from my ankle to knees and a good portion of my torso.

Anybody have any recommendations on treating it? Im using benadryl gel on it to ease the itching but am looking to see if anyone has some good home remedies.
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Go get a shot. Dr office. Nothing you can buy will get rid of it as fast as a Dr visit. Two days its gone with a shot. !!!
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Go get a shot. Dr office. Nothing you can buy will get rid of it as fast as a Dr visit. Two days its gone with a shot. !!!
Thats what the Dr. said when I called her today. I'll probably head there Monday.
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How did you get it on your Torso

When I was a kid , I had a friend that took his girlfriend into the woods,they both got IVY poison from head to toe

Luckily, I don't get ivy poison
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Thats what the Dr. said when I called her today. I'll probably head there Monday.
Em care and you'll be over it by Monday.
Got it on my heel last year, and in 4 days with me scratching it was all over me. Hate the stuff but a shot stops it dead in its tracks.
Good luck.
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Ive been building a new patio and had to clear some poison ivy last week and am now covered from my ankle to knees and a good portion of my torso.

Anybody have any recommendations on treating it? Im using benadryl gel on it to ease the itching but am looking to see if anyone has some good home remedies.
Hello nhpursuit,

I've had it a couple times.

If it's really dermatitis from poison ivy (and there's no reason to believe it isn't) topical and home stuff just won't cut it. Cool soaks and benedryl (either oral 25-50mg or a topical gel) will help the symptoms some but you are likely in for a long haul.

Gotta go to the Doc to make sure it is what you think it is. I was placed on a massive tapering dose of steroids. Prednisone. I couldn't believe the dose my dermatologist buddy gave me!!! Something like 60 or 90mg oral for three days, then 1/3rd that dose for three days and then 1/3rd the second dose for three days. A nine day blast. After the first dose my dermatitis started to resolve in hours!! They don't call steroids a miracle drug for nothing.

Here's the deal. One time, after the initial nine days was over the stuff came back!!!! Obviously, I had enough antigen in my skin that my body hadn't processed it in that time. Recurrence was in the exact same spot and identical, so I knew it was from the same exposure. The doc gave me a second blast. I foolishly was string trimming these bushes and later find out it's poison ivy. You can imagine aerosolized poison ivy everywhere!!!!

Here's the lesson. Poison ivy is miserable. Depending on your immune system, it can really make you sick for some time. (Curiously, some people don't get it?) Depending on the antigen dose you have, you may need to return to the doc.

If you can't make it through the weekend, visit the ER or a Doc 'n a box and they can confirm the diagnosis and get you started. If you can tough it out, you are likely a tough SOB.

Good luck!! Steriods are serious meds.
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I've had it so many times I've lost count. The oil from the plant is giving you the reaction, it is in your pours. Guess what oil and water don't mix, so you are going to need a special soap. Take benadryl by mouth and use zanfel or some other soap type relief product (some come in two parts with a soap and then a sealer for after the shower to dry it out even more). Get in the shower and slowly increase the temp until you can't stand it. This will open your pours up, to allow the zanfel to do its job and it will also numb out your nerve endings to relief itching for a bit. The half life on the oil is something like 20-25 days, so unless you get the oil out you are just treating symptoms.
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^^^What he said, benadryl by mouth. I used to get it every year and would have boils from it. My old doc made a good point, by the time the stuff he could do would work you would have worked through it anyhow. He was right. Those poison ivy soaps work very well if you come home and wash in hot water when you think you have touched it.
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Yes. I am super allergic. It hurts like hell, but I'll be damned if it doesn't work. Take coarse ground salt and wet the affected area. Take a handful of salt and rub it into the affected, wet area. Let it sit for at least an hour, preferably let the salt fall off naturally. Through the process of osmosis, the 'poison' is drawn through the skin and into the salt.
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I manage to get into bed atleast nice a year bush hogging or weed eating or whatever.

In my experiences the steroid shot works almost immediately. Like doing a lot better by the next day.

After a point the Dr. will not want to give you any more shots. That is when it sucks, but they can also prescribe a steroid cream that is way more effective than anything you can get OTC.

Yes steroids are serious, but for me absolutely necessary. Sounds like that's the way you've decided to go. Good luck. It blows.
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ice. It will stop the itch
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clorox bath
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If I look at poison ivy I get it! Now I know I will be called insane for this but the best way to kill it quick is bleach and water! It burns, I'm not going to lie, but it kills it quick! And I have tried everything, this is by far the best remedy I've used
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bingo we have a winner
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predisone works the best.
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How did you get it on your Torso

When I was a kid , I had a friend that took his girlfriend into the woods,they both got IVY poison from head to toe

Luckily, I don't get ivy poison
Don't say that! I never got it either and used to brag about it and then.....I got it. I am not allergic to anything which protected me for 40 years but I was told almost no one is ammune to it forever. I used to cut tree's and sell the firewood so I know I was exposed to it over and over and never got it. I had it on my clothes one time and my wife got it from my clothes but I never did.

Here is the fact about it:

Fact: Although not everyone reacts to poison ivy upon first or subsequent exposures, people generally become more sensitized with each contact and may react more severely to subsequent exposures. In addition, the reaction may last longer.

I know one thing for sure, I never want to get it again.
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nhpursuit I feel your pain. do yourself a favor go to your local pharmacy and get Tecnu its over the counter and is hands down the best product for preventing poison ivy and also alleviating poison ivy rash as it washes the oils off your skin. I used to landscape and cme in contact with poison ivy all the time. after work i would wash with tecnu and never ever had a problem.
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Not sure what all has been already said but...

I pick it up easily. Once I got it, for localized area I use warm saltwater wraps and allergy meds for itch. If widespread, steroids from the doc.

To prevent, try Tecnu products; they have a pre-exposure and a cleaning lotion that really do work. Wash everything that came in contact with Dawn to break down oils.

Also it's an old wives tale that scratching and weeping of rashes spreads it. Not true. If it's spreading then there is oil remaining on your skin, items in house, clothes, etc that is still being moved around. Good luck. I avoid it like the plague.
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I get it bad every year, I have only gone to the doctor one time when I had it on/in my nose. (was sleeping in the woods and made a camp after dark, woke up looking at it) I use TECNU and it dries it up pretty well. I do try to wear Ivy block (like sunblock) and shower as soon as I go inside. I think I get it because my dogs run through it and I pick up the oils when I pet them.
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Got it already this year too. In between my fingers. Thankfully my brother had some left over topical steroid cream. Helped, but not as much as the shot from a Doc. That's the way to go
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