Help! Poison Ivy

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Iowa Roo Mom, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    ... Yip. I'm covered. So, aside from seeing the doc, what's your cures? I'm up for suggestions.....

    Last edited: Jul 7, 2010
  2. 1_FnkyFrm

    1_FnkyFrm Songster

    Jun 6, 2010
    Knoxville, Tn
    SCRATCH IT [​IMG] No just kidding. [​IMG]
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Where have you been!!! [​IMG]

    Calamine lotion.
  4. RoninComputing

    RoninComputing In the Brooder

    May 10, 2010
    Tempe AZ
    Antihistamine cream and oral benadryl or similar otc anthistamine tablets.
    and if all else fails... alcohol..... not externally..internally, sufficient to make you forget about the itch [​IMG]
  5. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Crowing

    Jan 12, 2010
    Do a search here... there were several posts earlier this spring about ivy and lots of suggestions... me personally, I have to go to the Dr and get shots or it gets really bad.
  6. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    I've had a plethora of but bites, rashes, etc, probably some from poison ivy. I bought some generic 'Severe Dry & Itch Medicated Lotion (Compare to Gold Bond) that has menthol in it. I just put it on all over, and it really helps the itch, for me, anyway.
  7. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    You can get an Aveeno Oatmeal Soak to bathe in. I have been using this at night this week since I had an unavoidable contact with a lot of mosquitoes this past weekend and I am very allergic to them (more than most people; I actually get hives and the bites turn into dark red welts that last for days). Children's Benadryl also helps me with mosquito bites, and I saw in the list I copied and pasted below that it is recommended for poison ivy, too.

    Change your sheets on your bed. You may have gotten some of the oils from the ivy in the sheets (depending on if you showered and washed the ivy rash before going to bed or not), so you'll just keep giving yourself poison ivy if the oils are there.

    Clean anything that may have been exposed to the poison ivy (such as your shoes or tools), with rubbing alcohol and water (to get rid of the oils).

    I found this list of medicines online:

    Poison Ivy Treatments
    Typical treatments for poison ivy are going to be directed at helping to control [the] itching, and can include non-steroidal topical medications, topical steroids, oral antihistamines (Benadryl), and/or oral steroids (prednisone) or a steroid shot.

    Wet dressings, compresses, or soaks with Domeboro solution mixed with water (modified Burow's Solution) or Aveeno oatmeal baths can be especially soothing for itchy rashes.

    Examples include:

    * Atarax (hydroxyzine, a prescription oral antihistamine)
    * Aveeno Anti-Itch Cream with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal
    * Aveeno 1% Hydrocortizone Anti-Itch Cream (OTC topical steroid)
    * Band-Aid Anti-Itch Gel
    * Caladryl Clear Topical Analgesic Skin Lotion
    * Calamine Lotion
    * Cortizone 10 (OTC topical steroid)
    * Cutivate cream 0.05% (prescription topical steroid)
    * Domeboro Astringent Solution Powder Packets
    * Gold Bond Maximum Strength Medicated Anti-Itch Cream
    * Itch-X Anti-Itch Gel with Soothing Aloe Vera
    * Locoid cream 0.1% (prescription topical steroid)
    * Triamcinolone acetonide 0.1% (prescription topical steroid)

    Newer medications that are supposed to target poison ivy symptoms include:

    * Burts's Bees Poison Ivy Soap
    * Cortaid Poison Ivy Care Treatment Kit
    * Ivarest Medicated Cream
    * IvyStat
    * Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub
    * Zanfel Wash For Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac​
  8. turney31

    turney31 Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
    Lye soap
  9. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    My sister who is a swimming instructor says that the chlorine in the pool dries up her poison ivy and stops the itch.
  10. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    I have found that when I have a rash, a VERY HOT shower helps. Something about the hot water releases the histamines in the skin. It will itch like crazy for the first few minutes, but then it quits itching and I get out of the shower. It helps me for several hours. But dont do this right after you have been exposed, it just causes the oils to disperse easier on your skin. It has to done after you already start to get the rash.

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