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How to get rid of poison ivy

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by scottyh, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. scottyh

    scottyh LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    I freaking hate this stuff.

    I've tried calamine lotion but it takes forever.

    What are some of your best remedies for poison ivy?
  2. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 940

    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.
  3. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 17,004

  4. EgansCountryGardens

    EgansCountryGardens LawnSite Member
    Posts: 163

    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.
  5. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,082

  6. Steiner

    Steiner LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    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.
  7. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    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.
  8. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,097

    technu works wonders for me.
  9. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,132

    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.
  10. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 969

    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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