get in the shower with a scrubie of some sort. us some form of dishwasher gel like cascage or what not. not dish soap but the actual stuff u putt in a dishwasher.. read what chemicals are in it the more the better... poor some on affected area and on the scrubbie then scrub the crap out of the affected area until it burns then poor more on it it.. let sit for a min or two then wash of with water and soap if u want to get rid of smell. never fails. a few hrs later it will pretty much be gone just a poisonless scab.. trust me i hear a lot of different remedies tried them all this one is the best.. this works for ivy oak and sumac..... if its sumac scrub a little longer and in a wider range for sumac spreads quicker and worse.
Up all night with a miserable case, rummaging through medicine cabinets for anything I can find to stop the unbearable itching. Found a bottle of that blue cool gel they sell for sunburn relief, the one we have has aloe in it as well. It has lidocaine which is a numbing agent. Seems to be working for a while anyway...worth a try!
Based on other people's advice, I tried rubbing alcohol and also the clay mask. What I wound up with was a nasty combo of infected poison ivy resulting in the antibiotics and steroids I was trying to avoid. Stick to the drug store remedies like calamine and Zanfel. Good luck.
My experience with PI was the most miserable experience I've had in my 60 years. What helped a little was CVS Muscle rub that had capsican and wintergreen oil. In the end, I took a half empty pump bottle of hairspray, topped it off with more rubbing alcohol and sprayed that on the rash after washing with soap & water. The alcohol dried the rash & the thickeners acted like a spray on band - aid. But my observation is this: The itching was much worse and way uncontrollable if I had any sweet stuff, even fruit, in my diet. A glass of wine made sick for a day and a half. For the last couple days I've taken a beta carotene supplement & I can see the lesions drying up. Vitamin A promotes healthy skin, and I'm playing to that. Be careful with the beta carotene (or vitamin A) & take the recommended minimum dose. You don't want it accumulating in your liver. But that and a low carb diet makes it bearable after a week of the most excruciating itching I have ever suffered.
I have taken into acount many of the remdies i have read here. I am currently fighting a small case of PI on my face from cutting up a tree that fell from hurican ireane. long story short even after preping for the PI i still got it (I AM HIGHLY ILLERGIC) this is what i have found works well for me... i take one of those pink benadryl pills crush it up and with a little bit of water make a paste and put it on the infected area... keep clean and always change your pillow and other bed sheets... DAILY!!! if it is a larger area affected i tend to use face cleaning scrub give it all a good scrub, than hit it with rubbing alcohol(YES IT BURNS!) and after the burning sensation becomes barable i put iverest on it. and in a day or two usually it is gone and dried up. hope this helps out someone at some time
I am one of those people that if the someone gets into PI & sits in a chair, I will catch it if I later sit in the same chair. Its dreadful. I use many of the remedies listed but have found the itch is quickly lessened by using a blow dryer on the hottest setting & pointing it towards the ivy. Be warned--for the moment, the itching is so intense it feels like your skin is splitting, but then blissfully goes away for several hours. :) i will also rub fels naptha laundry soap or old-fashioned lye soap on the bubbles/patches & blow dry...it helps to dry the spots.
I used to get Posion Ivy very bad when I was kid, the stuff that worked well for me was called ivydry, I think it was mostly alcohol, but would dry it up. I also got a shot one year when it was especially bad and seemed immune for several years after, I now get a little patch from time to time and use rubbing alcohol.
Also when I was kid my uncle told that if I peed on it (was on my hands) that it would go away, and the one time I tried it it worked, no immediate effect but within a day or two it got much better. If I get it bad again I might try it, (heck I would spin in a circle and chant if I thought it would help).
OK I BOUGHT A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY AND MY FIRST YEAR GOT POISON IVY SEVERAL TIMES AND HAD TO GET A STEROID SHOT AND TAKE STEROIDS. I WAS THEN GIVEN A HOME REMEDY THAT WORKS VERY FAST AND I AM HIGHLY ALLERGIC TO POISON IVY. FIRST AS SOON AS YOU SEE IT BUBBLE ON YOUR SKIN MIX HALF BAKING SODA AND HALF WHITE DISTILLED VINEGAR AND MIX UNTIL IS IS PASTY LIKE PEANUT BUTTER AND PLACE OR THE AREA YOU GOT IT. WAIT TILL IT DRYS. THEN TAKE HYDROGEN PEROXCIDE AND POUR OVER THE AREA. TAKE A PAPER TOWEL AND FIRMY PRESS ON THE AREA AS HARD AS YOU CAN. IF YOU SEE A SLIGHT BIT OF RED WHICH IS BLOOD AND A TINY AMOUNT OF FLUID COMING FROM THE AREA THAT IS GOOD AND KEEP PRESSING FIRMLY FOR 5 MINUTES. THEN POUR RUBBING ALCOHOL OVER THE AREA AND AGAIN WITH A PAPER PRESS AS HARD AS YOU CAN. REPEAT THESE STEPS UNTIL YOU SEE THE BUBBLING GO DOWN AND THE ITCHING SHOULD STOP IN ABOUT A HALF HOUR AND THE AREA WILL BEGIN TO DRY UP. lATER JUST PUT THE BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR PASTE ON IT AND JUST LET IT DRY. t
THE MORE YOU REPEAT THESE STEPS THE FASTER IT WILL HEAL AND YOU WON'T GET A SCAR FROM THE POISON IVY. I HAVE DONE THIS FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND HAVE NEVER HAD TO GO TO THE DOCTOR AGAIN. AND AS THE OLD SAYING GOES ' 3 LEAVES LEY IT BE'.
Ok so me and my finance just got poison ivy in the past two weeks. We have tried calamine lotion, bathing in laundry soap, washing with dawn dish soap, and even scratched it open and put bleach directly on it ( spent burn as bad as what some people say). Nothing we tried helped. My sister gets it at a whim. I mean she gets close and wind is blowing the wrong way she'd gets it. Well she said to get some
Apple cider vinegar. And it has to be the apple cider vinegar or it wont work. But anyhow wet a washcloth or a paper towel and place it on the area and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Yes it will burn but by the next day mine was starting to scab over. We tried it on him last night and I haven't heard anything about it itching all day.
Hopefully you have as good of luck as we did.
I got poison ivy and my wife did too, we found that using a hot wash cloth and using white distilled vinegar keeps it from spreading and takes out the itch it works fantastic!