Help with Poison Ivy!

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by JJG84, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. JJG84

    JJG84 LawnSite Member
    from OH-IO
    Posts: 97

    Well, I have poison ivy and it just started to spread rampant on my body :cry: . Its been about 1-1.5 weeks since i noticed my first dot of it, and now it has worked its way to unusual spots.

    I have been using some external spray on it which controls redness and itch, but I dont think its working much.

  2. mverick

    mverick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 307


    Go to the doctor and get the steroids for it.
  3. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,674

    Man up and use clorox. It will cost you $1 and it works.

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    I agree with both If the unusal area are what I am think I would do the doctor. Normal the clorox is the first option for me. Goos luck:waving:
  5. extremerc76

    extremerc76 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 93

    might sound crazy, but put a little diesel on a rag and wipe it on the area you have it. the diesel will dry the poison ivy out just like it dries your skin out without the poision ivy. thats the way i get rid of it when i got it, it actually works for me. your skin will smell like diesel for a while though
  6. joshlawn

    joshlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 143

    Another home remedy is to use LYE soap. Works rather well, and you won't have to put any dangerous chemicals on your skin.
  7. dougmartin2003

    dougmartin2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 337

    when i was a kid i used to get into it all the time and had to go to the doctor every year to get shots. after about 6 years of getting shots it doesnt bother me anymore, but my wife got into it and she used bleach on it and it went away
  8. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 224

    I was in your situation last year. I messed with the poison ivy for a week then finally went to the doctor. I got the steroid shot (1st shot ever in my butt lol), steroid pills and creme. Its amazing how quickly the itching stops. I would go to the doctor tomorrow if I was you. Its not worth suffering.

    Just as an added fact the customer (one of my 1st customers from way back) that owned the house where I got the poison ivy found out that I had the poison ivy and insisted on paying for my medical bills. I told him it was OK but he insisted so I asked him to pay half.
  9. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    I get it several times per year. I went to the docs and got some prednizone for it. I usualy use half the perscrition and save the rest for the next time I think I really need it. If you have it on little jjg84 then you should see a doc. But hey. If you've had it for a week and a half, then its about ready to dry up.

    The best remody is to learn what it looks like and identify where it is so next time you dont get into it.
  10. BQLC

    BQLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 574

    bleach works doctor is faster and if it has spread that much GO TO THE DOCTOR.

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