Stories of a geek transplanted to a farm (by choice).
Bugger! Poison Ivy is the pits. Get thee over to the nearest drug store and get one or BOTH of these:1. Band Aid Anti-Itch Gel. "Immediate Cooling Relief."2. Maximim Strength Cortizone-10 wih Aloe.In addition, you might want to take an antihistamine. Any over-the-counter tablet will work. Good luck! I'm extremely allergic, and the above remedies worked for me last year. Many folks use Calamine Lotion, but I can't stand the smell.Happy hand-sitting!
Thanks for the tips, Granny!
jason likes calamine lotion or ruly gel. my mom always took some oatmeal and slathered it on her affected area, and then took a shower/bath. Supposedly it helped with the desire to itch. The antihistamine table sounds like a good idea too.
Duane, one more thing. I can get poison ivy from petting a dog that's been running around in the stuff. If you think there's a chance you've been exposed from touching your pets, wash your skin with rubbing alcohol and then with hot, soapy water.
First off, let me say that I'm not "into" herbal remedies. For the most part, I've found that they're pretty much useless folklore. But sometimes desperation drives us to consider things we wouldn't have at other times. I wasn't allergic to poison ivy until a few years ago. Before that, I pulled it off gateposts, wallowed in it bank pole fishing at the river and just basically ignored the stuff. Never had a problem with it. Then I sold the farm, moved to town and the next spring promptly got a major case of it on both legs and both arms after digging up a flowerbed. I tried every over-the-counter drug I could find to relieve the intense and unremitting itching and nothing worked. Next step was a trip to the emergency room, but in a last ditch effort (last ditch because I really didn't think it would work), I tried touch-me-not or spotted jewelweed (Impatiens capensis). I crushed the stems and rubbed them hard over the areas that were itching. (Just the ability to scratch the heck out of them was a mental/emotional relief.) My arms and legs flared up red from the scratching, but within five minutes, the itch had stopped completely. The relief lasted about four hours, but it was four hours of complete, unmitigated bliss. I just repeated the crushing/rubbing bit, and I was happy again. I don't know that the cure came any sooner because of the touch-me-not, but it stopped the suffering.
Sorry, that anon was me.
Well, I know one thing that has helped me quite a bit. I'm not sure if it spreads after contact with the leaf, i think it does and my sister says it doesn't. But from experience it seems to pop up everywhere i itch. When i noticed a small spot of an itch on my arm i promptly put a small amount of superglue on it in a small layer. That did not stop the itch, but to stop the itch i used a hair dryer until it stopped itching. the thing with the superglue is that you can now touch it, which means that if you rub it hard, it is like itching it and it wont spread. Woohoo! but the bad side is that if there is alot then you have a very glossy spot. have fun!
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