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Old 12-01-2013, 02:59 AM
scottyh scottyh is offline
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Thumbs down How to get rid of poison ivy

I freaking hate this stuff.

I've tried calamine lotion but it takes forever.

What are some of your best remedies for poison ivy?
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:22 AM
twomancrew twomancrew is offline
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It's an oil that gets you. Burn your clothes and your couch and the truck seat. Then cut off all the affected areas of your body. Cut it clean off. Be good as new in no time. Seriously-the stuff you buy to wash it off might help and it has been asked before here many times so a quick search might get you some quick help too. I'ms e-mune to it.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:39 AM
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This stuff helps its not fast and is expensive, I keep some around. If your poison oak is real ban a trip to the doctor might be necessary.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:51 AM
EgansCountryGardens EgansCountryGardens is offline
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How to get rid of poison ivy

Turn your water in the shower as hot as you can bear it, then put the affected area of your skin under the hot water. When you start getting used to it, turn it hotter. Keep doing that until you can't stand the burn anymore. It will stop the itch for about six hours. It sounds crazy, but it works.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:59 AM
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Zanfel scrub...its like scrubbing draws the oil out of your skin...follow directions..

Keep bucket in truck
If you contact it...wash immediatly and change shirt
Then use zanfil with hot water...
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:45 AM
Steiner Steiner is offline
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Be prepared….

I always keep 3-4 bottles of technu scrub in the truck and first aid kit at all times. The stuff was developed to remove nuclear fallout from soldiers bodies but they found it did a great job of removing poison ivy oils. It works well to reduce the itch too.

We do many poison ivy removal jobs and use full tyvek suits and hand protection with full face masks. Never had poison ivy for the reasons below.

A few tips:

1. Keep some in your laundry room and add some to you work clothes/gloves when you wash them.

2. Always wipe your tool handles down with technu.

3. We have a rule that if anyone sees the plant it we must all wash down before lunch and at quitting time.

4. Use cold water when scrubbing only. Warm water opens your pores and the oils get in easier.

5. Buy a few fresh bottles at the pharmacy each year and rotate out your old product. Think of it as a necessary expense.

6. At the last landscape company I worked at the owner put it in older soap bottles and kept it all over the shop and in each truck.
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:54 AM
AWJ Services AWJ Services is offline
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The only thing that will stop it after your infected is steroids.

As far as prevention of getting it? Rubbing alchol works as good as anything for removing the oil from your skin. I get it about 15 times a year and I am really allergic too it but what I have found is I still break out but it just does not itch like it used too. My body has gotten used too it so too speak.
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:12 PM
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technu works wonders for me.
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Old 12-01-2013, 02:09 PM
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I'll agree with the others about Technu. I buy the two bottle packs. The first bottle is the one everyone described above. I keep one of those in every truck and trailer and around the shop. The second bottle is simular to calamine lotion to stop the itch, but works much better.

The first bootle that removes the oils, I have used it as late as a couple days after exposure once blistering had started.
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:06 PM
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If I get it and it blisters bad, I use bleach. A stiff bristled brush dipped in the bleach, and scrub the blisters. Burns like you wouldn't believe for 5-10 mins, but it is then gone, and wont return.
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