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I am severely allergic to PI since moving to the country, and get it every summer now. At first I would get steroid shots at the dr. Office, but after a week, the rash started to grow again. So now I am thinking that there has to be a more natural remedy-- since the PI weed exists naturally, certainly there is a cure! These simple home remedies have given me more relief than any thing prescribed or over-the-counter. After a lot of PI research and some trials (as myself being the lab rat), this is what works by using stuff that u already have at home:

Rhubarb or Aloe plant ooze (for itch relief)=YES. Noxema cream or vicks vapor rub (for drying & relief)= yes. Acne cream (equate brand, for drying rash)= yes. Salt+baking soda+vinegar paste (drying agent)=Yes. Rubbing alcohol= yes (to dry & stop the spread of the PI Urushiol oil). Diluted 50/50 bleach & water (not as a bath, but dabbed on w/cotton swabs, to dry rash)=yes, but this is more harmful than the other remedies & not recommended. Epsom salt and/or baking soda warm bath=yes! Shower is recommended. Dawn dish soap (degreaser) & table salt (to clean rash 2x day)= yes! *Note: Use a clean towel after each bath, & clean sheets each night (or just wear clean pajama pants & clean long-sleeve shirt to keep rash from touching the sheets). You have to stop the spreading of Urushiol (the PI oil). *Do NOT rewear clothing. Wash everything that's been in contact w/PI. (the PI that i have now was caught from my husband-- he had PI & got it on our sheets). So when u launder anything that has been in contact w/PI, use: hot water, any clothing detergent (Tide, Gain, Cheer, etc), and make sure the clothes can move around freely in the washing machine so that the Urushoil oil gets completely off (dont cram the washing machine full). Dry in the dryer machine too, if at all possible. Also...

When I have PI, I carry around a stick of XXDRY ARRID solid deodorant to rub on the rash, and this clears it up/dries it out in a few days. This works amazingly!! And is so handy. Do not accidentally use the deodorant on your armpits, ha! Only designate it for the clearing of the PI rash. The chemist on here is right-- you need to kill the Urushiol oil, by using some form of degreaser/drying agent. Dawn dish soap works great if u don't have automotive hand degreaser. Use the doedorant and other bathing tips. Last bit of advice: Do NOT itch-- just find a 'happy place'!

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I just wanted to say thank you for this post!! I get Poison Ivy the same way you do and I am SO SICK of steroids!! I hate the way they make me feel and what they do to my body! I looked up home remedies this time I got it, and saw this post and tried the alcohol, Arrid, and Vics Vapor rub and I was AMAZED at how fast it all dried up!! I usually will have it for a month, due to spreading, etc., but this time it only took about a week to get rid of!! Thank you so much for sharing!
I also wanted to add one more thing that really worked for me as well...
'Athlete's Foot Spray'
...sounds weird, I know!! But it REALLY works for both relief of itching and drying the rash!
All of the above advice, in both of these posts works better than anything else I have ever tried, which includes just about everything you can buy over-the-counter as well as that $40 bottle of poison ivy soap!!!


The vapor rub took the itch right away! Too early to know if it will dry it up, but feels so much better not scratching myself to death!!


the deodorant helped so much thanks, and the girls love the way i smell


Arrid XX?! Really? I am going to try that - but in spray form. I thought about using my roll on, but I was concerned about spreading the PI. Noxema cooled it, but did not dry it out. I have used anti itch powder on top of caragel at night, it sticks to gel forming a protective coating. Helps ease the itching and ooze. I am going to try the Dawn and the anti perspirant. Thanks!

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