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poison ivy

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobby perez, Jun 27, 2001.

  1. bobby perez

    bobby perez LawnSite Member
    Posts: 86

    does anyone have a cure or relief for poison ivy besides calamine lotion or oatmeal baths
  2. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 876

    I read that washing with Epsom salt 3 times a day will dry the sores faster.

    Sorry to hear about it.
  3. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 394

    bleach , gas will dry it up , just dont put it on any private parts .
  4. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,232

    Forget the bleach. I tried it and it definitely did not work. Best thing that I've found to do for PO is to take a shower. Start out at the regular temp and work it up in temp until it gets as hot as you can stand it, for as long as you can stand it. BEWARE! This will cause severe itching at first, for a few seconds. BUT -- you will have relief from itching for 6-8 hours. Best way for me to handle it, and I just let it run its course.

    What's happening: the hot water is drawing out the histamine in the irritated area. That's what causes the itching. Once the histamine has been drawn out, it has to build back up again, takes it a while, so you get relief. No drugs, no chemicals. This came out of a home medicine book that my wife got when she was going to pharmacy school. Good luck!!:D
  5. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Posts: 1,484

    when i was sun burn, my bio teacher put alo lotion or something on me, it worked i think, comes from a plant
  6. PrimeGreen Lawn

    PrimeGreen Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 170

    Sorry, STS, won't work for ivy. Sunburn blisters definately not the same as poison ivy. Whenever we do a lot clearing, (rarely), the guys smear on something that inhibits the poison oils from getting into your skin before you start the work. I forget what it's called, but I know first hand that it works. As for getting rid of existing poisioning, don't know. Calamine lotion works great after the hot shower thing, helps to dry it up.
  7. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    ive found a product that seems to work pretty well and stop the itching. its called "RHULI GEL". i found it at the local pharmacy after my doctor recommended it. try it, it worked for me.
  8. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    a liquid product called "IVY DRY" does very well.

    also--as I am hyper alergic to the crap, when I get it bad I have a prescription for "VALISONE".

    I don't do jobs where I can grt poison ivey. my customers have been very understanding about this. good luck.

  9. script

    script LawnSite Member
    Posts: 115

    I found that the Rhuli gel works pretty good too as far as contoling the itch some. I was getting it pretty bad a little over a year ago and finally went to the Dr. for a shot which dried it up pretty fast. Don't know if the shot has anything to do with it or not, but now when I get it, it only lasts for a couple of days and does not spread as badly as it used to.

  10. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Posts: 3,256

    Saw something in one of my catalogs. It's a pill that you take. The main ingredient is poison ivy oil.
    This reminds me of a story my father told me about my grandfather.
    Said he was terribly allergic to the stuff (as am I!). One day he swallowed some P.I. leaves and was immune ever after.
    I always figured it was just that, a "story".
    But now this product makes me wonder.
    Anyone ever try it?
    I'll have to find that ad to get the name of the stuff.

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