Most of the over-the-counter products made to remove urushiol from the skin after exposure have deodorized mineral spirits as the active ingredient but cost upwards of $45/oz. So, when I got exposure to the IVY and noticed my arms getting red and rashes just starting to break out I went to Home Depot and picked up a gallon of deodorized mineral spirits for $10. I ran my arms under hot water to open the pours, then scrubbed them ole arms down with a dishwashing sponge drenching them in mineral spirits, let the mineral spirits soak on my skin for a few minutes, then I followed with a good thorough washing of the arms with dawn dish liquid. Then I applied Elidel cream which is a prescription immune suppressing cream used to treat eczema. Next morning my arms were as good as new. I know most people will not have quick access to Elidel since it is a prescription cream but I think the mineral spirits would work just fine if used the same day of exposure. This is the active ingredient in Zanfel, Tacnu, and other Ivy washes. But in a much purer and cheaper form.
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