bad case of poison ivy

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ChadsLawn, Feb 22, 2003.

  1. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Last Sunday I went to my parents house to put some new trailer lights and wiring on. When I was done, my arm was itching so what did I do ITCH it..I didnt think nothing of it...Well now I have it all over both arms and on my face..My 1 eye is swelled shut and its hitting the other 1...I did some research on poison ivy and its doing everything the web site said it would do..says it lasts 10-14 days..Im on the 6th day...
    Any of you guys know some good ol home cures for this...At least to get the swelling down from my eyes..

  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    Don't mess around, go to the doctor and get the proper medicine. My leg got infected two years ago. The doc said I was lucky.

  3. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    There is a new product out that is called Zanfel. I have gotten poison ivy pretty bad several times. My aunt gave me an article out of the Washington Times about Zanfel. Go here to research it more
  4. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If your eyes are swelling shut it is time to quit messing around and go see a doctor! :eek:
  5. J&R

    J&R LawnSite Senior Member
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    One of my workers had a bad case of it 2 weeks ago. sent them to the doctor. dried up in 3 days.
  6. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
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    As stated above get to the doctor asap. Several years ago when working in my own yard I got it really bad all over both arms. I waited too, but it got so much. After getting to the doctor I got a shot for the itching and a steriod pack and got better really fast.
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    The only time that I get it, is when I'm weedeating an unfamiluar area. And it's usually on my legs. When your eyes are affected, it's time to go to the doctor. Don't wait any longer. The doctor will give you better medicine than you can buy at a drug store.
  8. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
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    Oral Ivy. Works WELL.
  9. xpnd

    xpnd LawnSite Senior Member
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    For on the skin - arms, legs, etc - rubbing a dry bar of old fashioned lye soap over the area gets rid of it overnight for me, but near the eyes, like the other said, get yourself to a Doc. Also works great on fire ant bites and chiggers.
  10. G. Moose

    G. Moose LawnSite Member
    Posts: 48

    There is some stuff you can get over hte counter called IVAREX or IVARES I forget which name. Seems to work good for me. But it sounds like you got a real problem. I'd think about heading to the doc's office

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