Cure for poison ivy/oak/sumac?

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  1. Iron Eagle

    Iron Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know of a cure to stop the itchiness of these plants? I was exposed thursday of last week, and it still itches.
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    Soak a paper towel in cider vinegar and lay it across the afflicted area. Some swear by oatmeal baths but I've never tried that.
  3. Iron Eagle

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    Thanks!
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    calamine lotion is your friend.

    wash your clothes and any other cloth it touches, poison ivy and whatnot can stay active/irritating for up to 6 months on clothing.

    Jewelweed neutralizes a lot of the irritating plants including stinging nettle and the poison ivy, sumac, oaks. It usually grows near wet areas nearby small streams, just crush the plant and rub it on the affected area.
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    Tecnu is the best thing ever. Also get some Absorbine Jr.
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    Rub the infected area with the inside of a banana peel. Another thing to do to stop the itching is use a hair dryer and blow hot air on the infected area. I have tried both and both remedies work.
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    yeah oatmeal works for me i used to get it really bad once a year when i was younger,put plain oatmeal in a sock and while in the shower wet it and squeeze the 'juice' over the itchy places,also if you get it really bad like i did (near my eyes) you can go get a cortizone shot and it will start clearing up in a matter of hours
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    Soap and water.. Just gotta keep it clean and itll go away. Plus scrubbing it feels pretty darn goood.
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    Steriod shot if its really bad can help for a while. Tecnu and like mentioned earlier keep it clean and don't scratch or it will spread. Got it bad in California on a fire in 2008 but I survived.
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    wouldn't know. not allergic to it. can wipe my butt with it and not have problems. lucky, i guess
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    Hydrocortisone cream.(non-prescription) If real bad a steroid dosepak(prescription only)
  12. Iron Eagle

    Iron Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Tecnu is great if used immediately. Calamine does not help me at all. Being outside in the sun seems to help. The vinegar helped big time! Some spots are nearly gone. I didn't used to be allergic, but I am now.
  13. Frogtop

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    ++1 This is the way to go if you need serious help. I have never had a reaction to it (touch wood) but the allergy can develop at any time. The oatmeal baths, etc. might briefly sooth a minor case. Be careful of infecting the area due to scratching. Use a local antiseptic as rubbing alcohol if you can tolerate it.
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    I agree! Although I have never had the problem. The poison ivy, poison oak, or sumac, don't bother me for some reason. But don't let my brother get near it!
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    +1 I used Murphy's oil soap and a scrub brush.

    I believe the irritating ingrediement is a phenol, a kind of plant oil. Get the oil off soon enough post exposure and minimise the reaction.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2012
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