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I really wish I had known this when I was kid & got Poison Oak really bad on my ankle. But now I have poison ivy on both my knees (after having tripped, skinned both knees & come in contact with P.I. on my way home from work one night). This will take a bit of time to heal but it helps the itching so much that it's totally worth it.

Here's what you need:
Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser
Maximum Strength Ivarest P.I. Itch Relief
Witch Hazel/Rubbing Alcohol
Hydrogen Perixode
Non Stick Pads (similar to Gauze)
Medical Tape &/or Athletic Tape
Bleach
Aveeno Collidial Oatmeal
Epsom Salt
Clear Nail Polish (I promise I'm not crazy)
Zzzquil & Allergy meds (optional but recommended)

When the rash starts to appear & itch: wash with very hot soapy water. Don't rub too hard or you'll open the blisters.

Alternate pouring Witch hazel/Rubbing Alcohol (to help dissolve the poison that causes the rash) & Hydrogen Perioxide (to clean the area) every few hours. Take hot bath with bit of Epsom Salt, little bit of bleach & some Aveeno collodial oatmeal in the water before bed to keep the itch at bay for a while (4-8 hours depending on severity of rash).

During the day you can take antihistimines to help keep the reaction at bay. I use Urgent RX brand Allergy Attack pouches. But any allergy med will help.

Go find Tecnu brand Cleanser (look for Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser). Use as directed except rub in with fingertips (have nails clipped short) for 3-4 minutes instead of 2. I usually play one song off my Iphone while doing this to track the time. Rash will ooze like no tommarow after u rinse the cleanser off. Just dab ooze away with paper towel or tissue.

Once oozing has stopped/slowed considerably cover rash with Max Strength Ivarest P.I. Itch Relief cream. It has antihistamines & stuff to help with the reaction but also stuff to help dry the rash & protect the area too. Will look like Calamine lotion, though I don't suggest straight Calamine lotion, doesn't help me any.

When going to bed cover with Non Stick Pads. They look similar to gauze pads but not thready. Don't use bandaid cuz the sticky stuff with only cause future irritation to the skin around the rash after extended use. Tape with medical tape &/or wrap Athletic Tape/Bandaid told hold. Make sure Ivarest cream is dry before you do this.

Once rash has healed up some (very small patches of tiny blisters & very little itching) use Tecnu Cleanser with wash rag or something a bit rough. U are gonna open up the blisters & wash out the ooze. Wash for 3-5 minutes depending on how large a portion of body rash covers.

Put rag in washing machine on hot right away to wash or throw away! Don't reuse until washed.

Let area air dry, dab at any left over oozing. Once dry & no more oozing, paint on clear nail polish. Sounds crazy I know, but it really helps. Keeps open blisters from itching & seems to absorb little bit of ooze.

Polish will begin to peel after about 24 to 36 hours, depending on how much you used. It will look like dead skin when you peel it off & might be slightly discolored (yellowish or tan).

Repeat process until rash is healed.

If you are still having problems sleeping during all of this go buy some Zzzquil (like Nightquil but a sleep aid). I usually take a couple of sips of it before bed. It contains diphenhydramine hydrochloride which is an Antihistimine & helps you sleep. Take a little bit (but don't exceed the recommended dose) at night when you know you can get 6-8 hours of sleep.

Know it sounds like a lot but it really helps.

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