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    I was an idiot last week and weeded my garden without gloves. Ended up with poison ivy all over my hand, between my fingers, and it's creeping over the rest of my body. It's driving me CRAAAZZZZEEEEEE. I wonder if anyone has any sure-fire treatments to kill this stuff. I'm heading to the beach for a camping trip this Sunday, and I just want it GONE.

    Thanks in advance. :roll:

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    The doctor gives me a shot and it clears pretty fast but avoidance is certainly the right answer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    The doctor gives me a shot and it clears pretty fast but avoidance is certainly the right answer!
    ha ha, OR a time machine!!! :thumbup:

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    Selsan Blue dandruff shampoo really helps with ivy and bug bites - just dab it on and let it dry.

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    Lifebuoy soap -- if you can find some.

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    I'm not good knowing the names of medicines. I used to get poison ivy every spring - I know it's miserable. My doctor gave me a prescription for pills that came in a pack. The first day, you take seven pills, the next day six, the next day five, etc. By the second day, I felt much relief. Sorry I don't know what they are called.

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    Dawn Dish Soap works amazingly well to dry it up
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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    I was an idiot last week and weeded my garden without gloves. Ended up with poison ivy all over my hand, between my fingers, and it's creeping over the rest of my body. It's driving me CRAAAZZZZEEEEEE. I wonder if anyone has any sure-fire treatments to kill this stuff. I'm heading to the beach for a camping trip this Sunday, and I just want it GONE.

    Thanks in advance. :roll:
    Four things ...
    1. A trip to the Dr is the best advice
    2. Beware you are not re-infecting yourself or others ... personal hygiene, linens, towels, clothing, etc.
    3. Time !
    4. And ........... Patience!!!!

    So sorry you have to deal with it, but no choice now, right?

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    I've read doctors typically give prednisone, but also read there's a lot of side affects. I tried soaking in REALLY hot water with bleach, but now I've read bleach is a no-no. Still didn't work. Also tried jewel weed, which from what I read is a natural remedy but that didn't work, either. *sigh*

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    Ok - I have years of experience with this- found the best over the counter medicine that works for me - it is called Domboro - it is available at most drug stores - it is a powder that you add to water - then soak a washcloth in it - then you apply the washcloth to the affected area - it works very well - and do not exceed the time period on the box - otherwise it can make it too dry and itchy - usually clears up the site within 24-48hrs. Good luck..

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    I'm not good knowing the names of medicines. I used to get poison ivy every spring - I know it's miserable. My doctor gave me a prescription for pills that came in a pack. The first day, you take seven pills, the next day six, the next day five, etc. By the second day, I felt much relief. Sorry I don't know what they are called.
    It was probably a prednisone pack. The urgent care dr refused to give me one when I had it last spring b/c of another medicine I take. I use the other medicine for an alternate use and not the main use. The prednisone can affect the condition of the "main use" of the other medicine and no amount of explanation would convince the doctor that it was okay for me to take prednisone (and that I in fact do every year or two for asthma). I had to settle for OTC anti-histamines (alavert is my med of choice) and a prescription strength steroid cream. At my next check-up with the specialist, I confirmed with him that taking the prednisone was okay and he said yes.

    Taking oatmeal baths also helps. I would take an old knee high, put about a cup or so of oatmeal (regular kind) in it and knot the end. Hold it under the faucet as you fill the tub. Then gently wipe it over the affected areas. Lukewarm water's best.

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    When I had a similar situation I ended up asking the Dr. for the shot as I was going to camp with the kids the next week. It helped some but I don't recommend wearing jeans on a multi-hour bus trip with inadequate AC if you have poison ivy! The camp nurse gave me a cream that helped but I don't know for sure what it was. I think it may have been prescription strength hydocortisone cream. Benadryl (pills or cream but not both) helps too if it doesn't make you so sleepy you can't function. Aloe vera gel helped too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    I was an idiot last week and weeded my garden without gloves. Ended up with poison ivy all over my hand, between my fingers, and it's creeping over the rest of my body. It's driving me CRAAAZZZZEEEEEE. I wonder if anyone has any sure-fire treatments to kill this stuff. I'm heading to the beach for a camping trip this Sunday, and I just want it GONE.

    Thanks in advance. :roll:
    Four things ...
    1. A trip to the Dr is the best advice
    2. Beware you are not re-infecting yourself or others ... personal hygiene, linens, towels, clothing, etc.
    3. Time !
    4. And ........... Patience!!!!

    So sorry you have to deal with it, but no choice now, right?
    I hope you have followed the advice in step #1!! I've learned the hard way, take the side effects and get the shot and treatment following. I think it goes systemic on me and begins breaking out in other places. Get some help!!
    PS - Hot water baths are a NO, NO.

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    Be aware that the oils from the plants may still be on your clothing or the towels and washcloths you have used. In addition to treatment of the skin you need to wash the affected clothing in HOT soapy water for at least 10-15 minutes.

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    I have found that once you get PI it takes time to go away unless you have a super bad case and then the Dr is the best bet. They give prednisone for it. Before DH retired from the railroad they gave out something called TENU - a wash and a liquid. Worked wonderfully but I have never found it at the store. When I work outside, I always come in wash my clothes and take a bath with lye soap right away because it washes away the oils of Poison Ivy. My son is allergic to it gets it where it spreads all over his body and swells. He has to get shots.

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    Yes, the soap is called TECNU - it is used by fire fighters here in California - I buy the jumbo size for the spring time here - it smells funny but it cuts the oils down after you have been exposed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frarose
    I have found that once you get PI it takes time to go away unless you have a super bad case and then the Dr is the best bet. They give prednisone for it. Before DH retired from the railroad they gave out something called TENU - a wash and a liquid. Worked wonderfully but I have never found it at the store. When I work outside, I always come in wash my clothes and take a bath with lye soap right away because it washes away the oils of Poison Ivy. My son is allergic to it gets it where it spreads all over his body and swells. He has to get shots.
    You can find Tenu at Walgreens. It works great.

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    Just took a Benadryl & had hubby pick up some Demboro for me. Already put it on, and it does seem to be drying. Kinda making me feel a bit icky (almost like you put a raw egg white on your skin or a face mask that dries), so I'm hopeful this will help. I'll keep 'yall posted, and thank you SEW much for the advice. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by frarose
    I have found that once you get PI it takes time to go away unless you have a super bad case and then the Dr is the best bet. They give prednisone for it. Before DH retired from the railroad they gave out something called TENU - a wash and a liquid. Worked wonderfully but I have never found it at the store. When I work outside, I always come in wash my clothes and take a bath with lye soap right away because it washes away the oils of Poison Ivy. My son is allergic to it gets it where it spreads all over his body and swells. He has to get shots.
    I believe the wash you're talking about is called Tecnu. I've had it before and it does help. You can find it on the internet and stores like Walgreens.

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    I hope I NEVER get PI! Good luck!!

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    My son is highly allergic to poison since he was a kid. I always gave him a bath in epsom salts and it dried right up.

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    If you know your plants and are in the country, wild touch-me-not is sure-fire. I know, I know. You're saying old wife's tale, well, I'm an old wife, and in the hills of Kentucky, that's what we use and it really works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyKat
    If you know your plants and are in the country, wild touch-me-not is sure-fire. I know, I know. You're saying old wife's tale, well, I'm an old wife, and in the hills of Kentucky, that's what we use and it really works.
    I do live in the country, and I also know the Touch Me Not plants. They worked GREAT for DD's poison last week, but for some reason not mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    I'm not good knowing the names of medicines. I used to get poison ivy every spring - I know it's miserable. My doctor gave me a prescription for pills that came in a pack. The first day, you take seven pills, the next day six, the next day five, etc. By the second day, I felt much relief. Sorry I don't know what they are called.
    It is called Prednisone....the only thing that works for me.

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    Whining incessantly worked for me. My dad got tired of listening to me and took me to the doctor. They gave me a shot of something (I don't know what - I was 15 - could have been the prednisone everyone is referring to), told me to cover the rash in calomine lotion, and it was gone by the next day. But I attribute my healing to the whining, 'cause if I hadn't who knows how long it would have taken?! :)

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