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Sunday, March 27, 2011

This last few weeks spring has been uncertain and unpredictable here in the midwest, 70 one day 30's the next and snow. It's ok we're used to it, all over the nation this winter the weather has been very unusual, and it's not over yet.

When the weather was warm I was so very happy I was running around in shorts :) then a very unpleasant thing happened. Somehow in my usual uncoordinated fashion, I've managed to get poison ivy blisters behind my legs from mid-calf halfway up the back of my leg. I really don't know how this happened I don't remember sitting in the bushes, grass or anything of the like. Guess I picked it up off a lawn chair or something.

Does anyone know how to dry these up? (other than going to Dr, which am not going to do) I've tried rubbing alcohol & salt, not very plesant but it stops the itch, it's not drying up, but it's not spreading either. It's yucky leaking, just want it to dry up...

Any suggestions would sure be appreciated...thnkx, Lisa
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    Thankx guys...I'm the only dork I know that can get this in the winter time, lol...*ouch*...yucky...
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    2613 days ago
    I have nothing to add but my sympathy! Sorry!! emoticon
    2614 days ago
  • -THINQ-
    calamine, witch hazel, oatmeal (i wouldn't bathe in it, might spread the ivy!), and a great thing i ran across called Tecnu or Technu; you can find it at many pharmacies. We had single packet/envelopes of it, but you can also get a cream.

    good luck!
    2614 days ago
  • SAMI199
    Feel better soon-itching is the worse...

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    2614 days ago
    I SUFFER ALSO FROM BOUTS OF POISON IVY SINCE I'm ALLERGIC TO THE STUFF AND IT IS ALWAYS IN MY BLOODSTREAM. Just looking at it gives me hives! emoticon I have a couple of remedies...a homeopathic remedy called Rus Tox which you take by mouth and a great lotion made by Aveeno. Also, something my grandmother always did after picking apples in the orchards and getting poison ivy everytime, she would put the infected area in as hot as she could stand water bath with baking soda which will open up the blisters and let the oils escape and repeat over and over to remove the itch and the spreading. It did seem to work for her and her blisters were dry and flat most of the time. DON'T SCRATCH IT! emoticon The back of the legs and up the leg in the knee creases is a tough place to have it. I hope it goes away soon. (PS) STAY OUT THE WOODS WITH THAT NEW CHAINSAW OF YOURS!! hahahahahahaha emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 3/27/2011 7:08:37 PM
  • LIBRA73
    You are a hot mess girlfriend!

    I have no idea how to treat that other than Solarcain or Calamine Lotion! I hope it all dries up soon!
    2614 days ago
    A possible alternative: Solarcaine. I used this on an amazing case of hives and it really helped.

    Band-Aid USED to have an anti-itch gel that was formerly called Rhuligel. That stuff was awesome, especially considering that simple menthol was the main ingredient. I believe they stopped making it, probably because it worked better than the expensive stuff.
    2614 days ago
    My dad gets those all the time from the golf course. There is a lotion/cream that I've bought him at Wal-Mart that works great (sorry I can't remember what the actual name is). It was the only one they sold that was actually for Poison Ivy/Poison Oak.
    2614 days ago
    I thought that's what calomine lotion was made for... and have you tried a diphenhydramine (benadryl) cream? Most cheap "anti-itch" creams are of one of two types -- either cortisone (don't use) or benadryl. Look for the main ingredient, diphenhydramine HCl.
    2614 days ago
  • KAKAY56
    If you have tried everything else then I would go to the dr. but to a dermatologists. Which may give you samples and a prescription to clear it up quick.
    2614 days ago
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    Lisa, Lisa!

    So very sorry to hear about the poison ivy experience.
    I hope that one of these remedies work. From just now doing a search, it said that some remedies work better than others for different people. So just keep trying out a few until you get to the one(s) that do it for you.

    Hope yours is a speedy recovery!!! Things like this shouldn't happen to nice people like you! (or me! LOL)

    {{{Healing Hugs}}}

    2614 days ago
    A commonly known cure, oatmeal, can also help. Applying it to the skin after cooking it is not only soothing, but the white powdery finish left once dry will help to dry out the poison ivy rashes and expedite healing. In cases where much of your body is infected, taking an oatmeal bath is a good way to coat all of your skin. Put the entire box of oatmeal in warm bathwater and soak in it for a while, but be sure not to dry off when you get out, you don't want to wipe the oatmeal off your skin while it's still wet.

    Vitamins also help - especially vitamin C and E. Vitamin C taken in large doses will act as an antihistamine and detoxifier. Try dissolving a vitamin C tablet in warm water and wash the inflamed area. Squeezing the juice from an orange or lemon is also an effective wash to use, simply dabbing it on will do the trick. Same thing for vitamin E pills, just pop them and rub it in.

    One method in particular, though rather harsh, seems to offer great results. First, wash the area with rubbing alcohol then wash again with soap and warm water. Pour plain table salt on the affected areas which will help to reduce the chance of the poison ivy oil from spreading and causing further infection, it'll also offer a bit of itching relief. Wash that off and apply a heavy coat of aloe vera on the rash, this will immediately cool and provide instant relief of the itching and burning sensation.

    Used by Native Americans for centuries, Witch Hazel is known for it's anti-inflammatory properties and uses for all kinds of irritating skin conditions. Dabbing it on the irritated area several times a day with a cotton ball is the easiest way to apply. Witch hazel is also a very effective drying agent, and in the case of poison ivy can dramatically reduce the itch and promote healing of the painful blisters and rashes common with this condition.

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    2614 days ago
    Treat the itching. While many home remedies can provide relief, their effectiveness varies with each person. Here's a few you can try right away...
    • Hot tap water can stop the itching for short periods. Be careful not to burn yourself. Do not use water heated on the stove or microwave as it can be too hot. Hold the affected area under the tap for a few seconds.
    • White vinegar often soothes the itch for a while. Rub some on with a cotton ball or leave it sit for a while.
    • Many swear by oatmeal as effective -- wearing it not eating it. Make it somewhat thicker than what you would eat and apply to the rash. You can also put some in bathwater and soak in it.
    • Baking soda often helps. Mix some with water to make a paste and spread it on or add 1/2 cup to your bath and soak. Use the paste on insect bites too.

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    2614 days ago
    It's been years since I've had it, but I remember my mom using the remedy that Seasons_Change posted. There is also a lotion called "Ivy Dry" that you can get at Wal*Mart, or K*Mart that works pretty good.
    Just try not to scratch it too much because it will spread. And keep your hands away from your eyes if you do scratch. I know how miserable you are. Just thinking about it is making me itch!
    Hope you get better.
    2614 days ago
    yikes... sorry to hear that you have poison ivy...

    Being from the South... we have some homemade remedies :o) I've used this before and it works

    Depending on how many patches you have will determine how much you need. I cup of Arm and Hammer baking soda and mix in buttermilk, just enough to make it thick. apply the paste to the affected areas and let it dry. As it dries, it sucks the infection from the inside out. After about 6 hours, take a shower ((no baths!!)) When you get out of the shower, repeat

    Calamine lotion can be used in between

    Hope it dries up soon!

    2614 days ago
    We always used Calamine Lotion. Sorry for your pain.

    2614 days ago
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