I just bought a home in September. Since then I've only been poison ivy free maybe three or four weeks total and its been five months. I've spent a fortune on tecnu, ivy block and the like without much success or relief. It was getting so bad I thought about selling my dream home and moving back to the city. I found the website and read every post. I had tried most of them with mixed results. Even tried the bleach cure. That was not fun but I was desperate. My frustration is that no-one has found a way to detect the oil so you don't know if your treatment has worked especially when you are trying to sanitize your clothes, gloves or tools. you have to pray you got it all. I had been thinking of potential cures for a very long time. Then one day on my way from work, it hit me. We're dealing with an oil. As a kid working on bikes, I use to get grease and oil all over me. I use to keep a tub of this stuff called Goop in the garage. It was a miracle cleaner. No matter how greasy or oily you were, Goop would dissolve it in seconds. So I diverted from going home and went straight to the hardware store. They didn't have Goop but they had GoJo Original and it looked just like the Goop tub I remembered. So I bought it. For me, I always know when I'm getting the rash because I can feel a tingling or burning sensation in the affected area. I woke up one morning with the worst case scenario, I had it on my face. I very carefully applied the GoJo on the affected area and let it sit until it felt like a lotion on my skin. (maybe a minute or two at most). Then I carefully washed it off with a washcloth. By the end of the day I could tell it wasn't getting any worse. By the next day, you couldn't tell it was there. yeah. Then I got it again, this time in like five different locations. The directions say to wet your skin first but it's not necessary if you don't have water available. So I hopped in the shower and covered myself from head to toe with the GoJo before getting wet. I rubbed it in till it felt like I was covered in a lotion. Then washed it off with just water and then washed my whole body off with normal soap and water. That was yesterday. Today the rash has not gotten any worse and the affected areas have started drying out and peeling. A sign I've come to recognize as it healing. The best thing about the GoJo Original, is that I've found it for $3.99 and $1.99 per tub. I now have a tub in every bathroom, kitchen, my workshop, my tractor, and a tub in my desk at work just in case I start getting the early warning tingling while at work. There are similar products like Gogo Orange or something with the word orange in it. I did not try out the orange products nor will I unless there is no more GoJo Original in the state of Geogia! The GoJo Original is like a gel that quickly turns into a lotion like substance as you work it in. I've found the orange products in liquid form and that's not what I used as a kid, so I stayed away from them. Hope this works for you. Who ever makes the first urushiol detector is going to be rich! Just saying.
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