Posion Ivy Remedies

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  1. SuperUltra


    Feb 11, 2019
    So a maybe a week ago I was helping a friend with a project in the woods, a week after that it turned out that my legs and one of my arms were covered in poison ivy. Anyone have any good remedies to get rid of the rashes?
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Late at night, when you're sleeping, Poison Ivy comes a creepin' all around... :(
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  3. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Whenever I picked up poison ivy or stinging nettles or anything like while mountain biking, I'd find myself a mud puddle and slather on a handful of mud. The clay in the mud (in this part of the world anyways), serves to suck the toxic material from the skin and releive any itchiness. Kinda works like calamine lotion - dirtier but immediately soothing and usually in good supply (around here). If no mud puddle, a squirt of water from my camelback into a handful of clay soil usually did the trick.
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  4. https://www.amazon.ca/Aveeno-Soothi...ocphy=9000893&hvtargid=pla-347154027067&psc=1
    You can likely get this product from your local drug store. It definitely works at relieving the itch.
    One thing to keep in mind for the future.... once you have had poison ivy or poison oak, you will be much more susceptible to getting it in the future and for some folks, they only have to be near it, not even touching it.
  5. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
  6. Texan

    Texan 667 Neighbor of the Beast. Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Go to the Dr, get a Z-pack and soak in salt water...bath or beach if you are near the ocean.
  7. SuperUltra


    Feb 11, 2019
    ok got some of this and put it on a couple hours ago, the rash shows no sign of receding
  8. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    It's going to take DAYS, not hours. This is not a short-term condition.
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  9. 2strings2frets

    2strings2frets Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2017
    West Virginia
    . I flood the area with alcohol (the drug store kind not from your bartender) as often as I can. It will really dry out your skin but that is what works for me. If it is a small spot I will scrape the blisters open with a razor blade and use the alcohol on gauze to keep it wet,that will dry it up in a day. If I am not that aggressive with it it will travel up my arm or leg spreading misery all summer.
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  10. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Had it once...maybe 6 years ago.
    Doctor was no help (needs to run its course).
    Somebody hipped me to Vinegar & Baking Soda. Mix into a paste & scrub.
    A hot shower (as hot as you stand it) is both agony & ecstacy.
  11. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    Calamine lotion and cover it up, if you scratch it you spread the oils around your skin. It is not a speedy process unfortunately, you will suffer for a bit.
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  12. geeza


    Mar 15, 2009
    Earth, but just barely.
    I'm not wearing pants
    - Wash the area with Dawn (should have done this right after exposure)
    - Blot (don't rub) with 91% alcohol, when dry blot with witch hazel
    - Time. Can take weeks/months for it to clear up
  13. I was taught a very similar method. Only difference is using Apple Cider Vinegar.
  14. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    The rash will not recede by magic. It takes time. The best you can do is try things to relieve the itch some.

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  15. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
  16. From what I have heard, you may consider amputation. DON'T.
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  17. ArtGuy9516


    Apr 10, 2012
    Richmond, VA
    Fels-Naptha brown soap and time
  18. roller

    roller Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Keep it as dry as you can... and when those blisters rise, don't let the oil contained within spread (i.e, don't scratch it :smug:).
  19. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    The best cure for poison oak ivy etc is not be allergic to it. I’ve been in the woods a large part of my life and have never suffered from it. I’ve been with others who got it when i didn’t get it. As was mentioned, mud is effective. When we were in the field for extended periods, mud was the go to for anyone who got a case of it.
  20. This had you known it grows usually very close to poison ivy Jewelweed