How to get rid of poison ivy

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

  1. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 855

    Prednisone. Go see a doctor. This stuff will get rid of it in a few days. Well worth it.
  2. Victorsaur

    Victorsaur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    As the above comments have mentioned, cold water closes pores and hot water opens pores. Use hot water to drain it out once infected and scrub like crazy. It will hurt but I've used this method to get rid of it completely in 2 - 3 showers. You will feel and smell the oil drip from your skin. It is really sticky so either get some really strong soap or tecnu to wash it down the drain.

    When it is on your skin was off with cold water within 30 minutes of contact and you will be fine. I am fairly allergic and I've pulled poison ivy up by hand on occasion using this technique with barely a trace of irritation. It was not even noticeable. Again, either use something strong like dish washing soap that cuts grease or tecnu.

    The best method that I've found for pulling poison ivy is the above technique plus using two contractors bags flipped inside out to pull it out, over a period no greater than 20-ish minutes. Be sure to wash your eyes and upper arms as well because when the roots or leaves break - which they undoubtedly will while pulling - the irritant will drift to other parts of your skin and these I have found these parts of the body to be the most vulnerable.
  3. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,757

    This is what I do. However I do like the recommendation to burn your clothes, truck, couch and cut the affected limbs clean off. probably would work as well but a doctor and a shot does wonders.
  4. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,830

    Melaleuca oil (tea tree oil)
    Manuka honey
  5. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,503

    another vote for zanfel, if you get it early enough you can remove it, if not it provides temp. relief,

    if its starts popping up in random spots on your body then likely its getting bad and gone through your blood stream---time for steroids

    I get the stuff just by looking at it lol
  6. LewisLawn

    LewisLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 517

    you can purchase poison ivy extract the oil that is and ingest it to build up an imunity to it but this needs to be done early in the spring...i get it bad but havent tried this method can search about it online
  7. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    To the people who say that they are immune to poison ivy, be careful. I always was, up until a few years ago. I could rip it up with my bear hands, walk through a giant patch of it in a pair of flip-flops. When ever we had a site with poison ivy to clear I would go in a few days before the guys and clear out the ivy, then they would come in to do the rest of the work. I never once cought it. Then about two years ago I got it bad. We have no clue what was different that time that caused me to get it. Now I'm 10x more likely to get it than my other guys.
  8. CorkyE

    CorkyE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    Same with me, doctor said over the years that I had just build up more than my natural immunity could resist. I'm not hyper sensitive now but I certainly can't rip it out with bare hands anymore. :(
  9. gmlm

    gmlm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    prednisone steroid, or a cortozone shot. nothing else has worked for me...not bleach, gasoline, taking a layer of skin off....nothing. its something we have to deal with in this industry....if its tooo much. then your in the wrong industry.
  10. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    There is a vaccine now for poison ivy. You can call Anderson Compounding Pharmacy in Bristol Tennessee for information on it. I have been taking it for years. You do need a script for it. It's only like $20. It's changed my life. I use to be covered in it every year. This stuff really works. I can't remember the name of it. You have to take it orally. Three doses once a week and you have to take it in January and February. Don't question it. It works. I'm sure any compounding pharmacy could make it. It is a life changer I can assure you.

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