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 Whats the best thing for Poison Ivy?
yeaboxes  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:05:06 PM EST
What do you put on poison ivy to get rid of it. I've tried calamine lotion and caladryl.
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Rosenrot  [Team Member]
2/6/2008 12:05:30 PM EST
Bleach.
DV8  [Team Member]
2/6/2008 12:05:57 PM EST
Avoiding Poison Ivy vines and bushes.
JCKnife  [Team Member]
2/6/2008 12:06:21 PM EST
Abstinence.


Sorry, had to be a smart-ass. I never seem to get it (poison ivy, that is).

Edit: Damnit!
California_Kid  [Team Member]
2/6/2008 12:06:35 PM EST
A product called Tecnu is the second best thing. It's a specialized liquid skin cleaner. You can find it at any decent place that sells camping supplies.

Staying out of it in the first place is the best.
sslocal  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:08:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By Rosenrot:
Bleach.


Someone told my nephew this. So he tried it. Problem was, it was on his balls.

BTW: Bleach is his call sign as a Navy Pilot.
glock27bill  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:09:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By California_Kid:
A product called Tecnu is the second best thing. It's a specialized liquid skin cleaner. You can find it at any decent place that sells camping supplies.

Staying out of it in the first place is the best.


Agreed. Tecnu works, but is best whe used soon after exposure. And take a Benadryl.
glock27bill  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:09:45 PM EST

Originally Posted By California_Kid:
A product called Tecnu is the second best thing. It's a specialized liquid skin cleaner. You can find it at any decent place that sells camping supplies.

Staying out of it in the first place is the best.


Agreed. Tecnu works, but is best whe used soon after exposure. And take a Benadryl.
navvet89  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:10:40 PM EST
Ivarest works like a charm.

yeaboxes  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:11:34 PM EST
I didn't now I was actually in it until it was too late. We were cutting up some downed trees last week at work that had some dead vines on them. I ASSumed that vines that were dead in winter couldn't hurt me.
war_man  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:12:28 PM EST
Just go to the doctor.
Sodie  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:13:00 PM EST
Any kind of good soap that cuts oil works at the time of exposure. Lava, Dawn etc. The active ingredient in poison ivy is in the form of an oil. Get rid of the oil, get rid of the itch. If you let it sit too long, it's too late.
VTHOKIESHOOTER  [Team Member]
2/6/2008 12:14:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By war_man:
Just go to the doctor.
Yep they can give you a hydrocortisone shot. That is the only thing that makes it go away faster. Your only other option is let it go its course. Make sure you wash your clothes good so you don't keep getting it.
habsfan44  [Team Member]
2/6/2008 12:15:44 PM EST
i never got severe cases of it, only had it like 2-3 times in my life... but i always used that pink lotion.
bamaslam  [Team Member]
2/6/2008 12:18:54 PM EST
Soak it in cider.

On second thought, she might not appreciate that.
FrayBentos  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:23:30 PM EST
I react very badly to it, next time I am going to the Dr immediately. I am not going to endure 3 weeks of misery again.

I tried every home cure under the sun, nothing worked.
rockstar4960  [Team Member]
2/6/2008 12:25:50 PM EST
i like to sit in a heavily chlorinated hot tub. (make sure you take a shower immediately after you get out)
California_Kid  [Team Member]
2/6/2008 12:29:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By FrayBentos:
I react very badly to it, next time I am going to the Dr immediately. I am not going to endure 3 weeks of misery again.

I tried every home cure under the sun, nothing worked.


Tecnu is only marginally effective for me because I am extremely sensitive.

I carry an emergency course of Prednisone tablets with me when I go on a trip that might take me near any kind of toxic Rhus plants.
Strider47  [Team Member]
2/6/2008 12:30:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:

Originally Posted By war_man:
Just go to the doctor.
Yep they can give you a hydrocortisone shot. That is the only thing that makes it go away faster. Your only other option is let it go its course. Make sure you wash your clothes good so you don't keep getting it.


Yep. Or, "Take the PAIN!!!"

I get it every freaking year. I guess I should learn to avoid it.
shawn21  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:33:41 PM EST
calimine or how ever you spell it lotion
propguy  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:33:59 PM EST
Rhiuli [sp] that stuff works
crurifragium  [Team Member]
2/6/2008 12:37:54 PM EST
My wife works at a pediatrician and gets me Rhinocort samples, an inhalable steroid, to spray on poison ivy-one of the docs there recommended it, and it keeps my poison ivy from turning into a "pizza oil" scab.
tyman  [Team Member]
2/6/2008 12:38:29 PM EST
Prednisone - steroid to help body get rid of it
Calamine lotion - rid of the itch

Silence  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:38:52 PM EST
self-discipline
Badass03  [Team Member]
2/6/2008 12:47:38 PM EST
The warm urine of a male tiger
psychotr  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:52:35 PM EST
Nothing works for me but time. A very hot shower or bath before trying to go to sleep is the only relief for me. Hurts like hell, but afterward I can't feel anything from the rash for a couple hours.

Most of the remedys you see people talking about are only effective if you use them after you know you've been exposed, but before you get the rash. Bleach works well for this (for me). Once I get the rash i'm toast for a couple weeks.

Tomtbo  [Life Member]
2/6/2008 12:54:29 PM EST
Oatmeal; cook it up the regular way, let it cool, and put it on like a plaster. I field tested chainsaws for HomeLite one Winter, and got one hell of a case from cutting through those vines.
41Fan  [Member]
2/6/2008 12:57:10 PM EST
If you already have a bad rash call your doctor. they have pills that help. I used to be immune to the stuff, but no more.
yeaboxes  [Member]
2/6/2008 1:09:42 PM EST
Thanks for the replies. I think I will try some more over the counter stuff. I don't have it bad enough to go to the doc yet. Mainly just enough to bug me.
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