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Anonymous

I'm not sure how well this will work for others since I seem to be only mildly allergic to poison ivy. This is also the route I go when I KNOW for a fact I've been in contact with poison ivy (my son is extremely allergic and it grows everywhere in the yard so I generally am aware of when I've come into contact.) So I guess this would be considered my advice on how to best avoid a breakout and my most successful remedy.

1st - I rinse off using Fels Naptha (a bar laundry soap. It's strong but unlike that orange pumice soap guys keep in the garage it's unlikely to cause an abrasion and potentially make the situation worse. Normal soap especially liquid will generally just make it worse because it wont actually wash away the oil but just spread it around a lot.)

2nd - even the above doesn't always prevent small breakouts (although i can say that without fail the times i forget to stop and do step 1 ever 20 minutes or so always result in a worse breakout) when this happens the best possibly remedy I have found are topical acne treatments and basically because they do the exact same to a poison ivy rash as they do to acne. Benzoyl Peroxide dries it out. Salicylic acid (especially in a toner form because of the alcohol) will do the same but is also a form of aspirin and has anti-inflammatory properties. If you have access to the prescription med retin-a this is best. it will also dry but more quickly and additionally is used to help the skin renewal process. so bad rash skin goes away and new skin is replaced faster.

none of the above will actually treat the itching but will simply help the rash from getting worse and help make it go away more quickly. I do this as soon as I see the first signs of blistering and then I slap a band-aid over it. (The band-aid may be an entirely psychological thing but it keep me from itching and seems to keep it from spreading.)Otherwise I'd advise any topical numbing agent. There are script forms as well.

In my opinion prednisone does NOTHING to help. As far as my asthma goes it's a miracle medicine for poison ivy... not so much.

On a final note. My skin is not remotely sensitive and while the above remedy works great for me it could be considered to harsh some skin types and then you'd just be miserable from a different skin issue. Hope this helps someone.

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Debra

I had to give up mushroom hunting because of ivy poisoning. I heard that wiping off the exposed area every 10 minutes with baby wipes worked wonders, and it does. Just put some in a baggie in your pocket, and take another baggie to put the used ones in.

Shawn

I came into contact with Poison ivy, i assume it was that, last night and when I woke up this morning I saw little bumps and redness on my wrist. It was also really itchy. Knowing the rash needs to be dried, i went for my benzoyl peroxide Clean And Clear acne cream. I've noticed a reduction of redness, itchiness, and visibility of the bumps in less than 8 hours.

Anonymous

I know someone who put a bandaid over her poison ivy and it went deeper into her blood stream and she got very sick from it. Just saying.

Anonymous

I was swimming in the river and expored an island and got the rash ALL over. My face swelled and my eyes swelled shut): After 5 days my face is fine but the rest is still ITCHY!!! and bumpy and red. I was confused then it hit me DUH my face was has acne medicine (benzloyl peroxide) in it so i recomend acne face scrub for your rash. The srubbing beads itch it and feel great. Goodluck! Trust me i know how miserable it feels!!!

Anonymous

I was swimming in the river and expored an island and got the rash ALL over. My face swelled and my eyes swelled shut): After 5 days my face is fine but the rest is still ITCHY!!! and bumpy and red. I was confused then it hit me DUH my face wash has acne medicine (benzloyl peroxide) in it so i recomend acne face scrub for your rash. The srubbing beads itch it and feel great. Goodluck! Trust me i know how miserable it feels!!!

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