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Whats the fastest cure for poison ivy? Everytime I get it, I itch for at least a week, sometimes 2...

Question by NNMountaineer. Uploaded on February 25, 2009

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from usmcturkey wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I use Ivy Dry, you spray it on and it dries out the rash. But be careful not to spray to much it will give you a chemical burn, I found out the hard way and I was going by the directions. Hope this helps.

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from buckeye wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

If you are going to be away from civilization for a while and can't get to the drug store you can use the smashed stems from snap weed. It usualy grows in the same area as posion ivy. I believe it is also called the spotted touch me not but am not sure. It tend to dry it out fairly quickly and is cooling on the rash. When i get posion ivy though it is usualy only a few bumps and goes away quickly.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Would aloe work?

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from teufelhunden wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I took a series of shots when I was 11 years old and I have never gotten it again. I had a severe reaction to it everytime I got it. It would spread quickly to my face and eyes so the doctor gave me the shots 25+ years ago and no more poison ivy. I have heard Benadryl works well, as well as calamine.

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from mdhager115 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

If you want itch relief immediately, you can use jewel weed. It's a small orange flower that, when smeared on the rash, can temporarily stop the itch.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I'm not terribly allergic to ivy but along with Benadryl as mentioned before, I've heard applying vinegar can help.

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from sayerbefiddlin wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I got posion ivy every summer until I listened to all the doctors where telling me... Prevention. Poison ivy goes dormiant in Feb and thats it. So everytime I enter the woods Im covered head to toe. After I get home I take a shower and thats about it. Also its not the actual plant that we are alergic to but the chemical compound that the leaves produce. It takes about 3-6 hours for the chemical to seep past the skin and enter the bloodstream. So scrub well in the shower and you should be fine. Its worked 3 yrs so far.

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from sayerbefiddlin wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I knew a guy who deicided to outsmart poison ivy by making a tea out of it. Yeah he went straight to the hospital. I guess there really is something you cant make tea out of.

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from driggs5454 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

if you know that you have gotten the oil on your skin then wash it off as soon as you can even if it's just water it'll help some. Best way to not have to deal with it is to not touch it in the first place!

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from lovetohunt wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Rubbing alcohol, it burns like crazy but dries it out good.

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from rjbedrock wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Calamine lotion

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Treating Poison Ivy Exposures :)
If you are exposed, according to the FDA, you should quickly (within 10 minutes :(
first, cleanse exposed areas with rubbing alcohol.
next, wash the exposed areas with water only (no soap yet, since soap can move the urushiol, which is the oil from the poison ivy that triggers the rash, around your body and actually make the reaction worse).
now, take a shower with soap and warm water.
lastly, put gloves on and wipe everything you had with you, including shoes, tools, and your clothes, with rubbing alcohol and water!!!

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from usmcturkey wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I use Ivy Dry, you spray it on and it dries out the rash. But be careful not to spray to much it will give you a chemical burn, I found out the hard way and I was going by the directions. Hope this helps.

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from buckeye wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

If you are going to be away from civilization for a while and can't get to the drug store you can use the smashed stems from snap weed. It usualy grows in the same area as posion ivy. I believe it is also called the spotted touch me not but am not sure. It tend to dry it out fairly quickly and is cooling on the rash. When i get posion ivy though it is usualy only a few bumps and goes away quickly.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Would aloe work?

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from teufelhunden wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I took a series of shots when I was 11 years old and I have never gotten it again. I had a severe reaction to it everytime I got it. It would spread quickly to my face and eyes so the doctor gave me the shots 25+ years ago and no more poison ivy. I have heard Benadryl works well, as well as calamine.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from mdhager115 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

If you want itch relief immediately, you can use jewel weed. It's a small orange flower that, when smeared on the rash, can temporarily stop the itch.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I'm not terribly allergic to ivy but along with Benadryl as mentioned before, I've heard applying vinegar can help.

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from sayerbefiddlin wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I got posion ivy every summer until I listened to all the doctors where telling me... Prevention. Poison ivy goes dormiant in Feb and thats it. So everytime I enter the woods Im covered head to toe. After I get home I take a shower and thats about it. Also its not the actual plant that we are alergic to but the chemical compound that the leaves produce. It takes about 3-6 hours for the chemical to seep past the skin and enter the bloodstream. So scrub well in the shower and you should be fine. Its worked 3 yrs so far.

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from sayerbefiddlin wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I knew a guy who deicided to outsmart poison ivy by making a tea out of it. Yeah he went straight to the hospital. I guess there really is something you cant make tea out of.

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from driggs5454 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

if you know that you have gotten the oil on your skin then wash it off as soon as you can even if it's just water it'll help some. Best way to not have to deal with it is to not touch it in the first place!

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from lovetohunt wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Rubbing alcohol, it burns like crazy but dries it out good.

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from rjbedrock wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Calamine lotion

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Treating Poison Ivy Exposures :)
If you are exposed, according to the FDA, you should quickly (within 10 minutes :(
first, cleanse exposed areas with rubbing alcohol.
next, wash the exposed areas with water only (no soap yet, since soap can move the urushiol, which is the oil from the poison ivy that triggers the rash, around your body and actually make the reaction worse).
now, take a shower with soap and warm water.
lastly, put gloves on and wipe everything you had with you, including shoes, tools, and your clothes, with rubbing alcohol and water!!!

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