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Poison Ivy

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PLM-1, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    How does everyone get rid of it? I am doing a renovation that is full of it. I have sprayed it with roundup half a dozen times and it isn't disappearing. I am really allergic to it. I finally got it last weekend some how through all of my clothes. I am really careful when i take my clothes off when i have been exposed to it. Last time i got it i was in the hospital. Any home remedies??
  2. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    at your local drug store they have a cream that is like 30 or something dollars. I cant remember havent baught any in forever Its like 2 oz in the tube that takes care of it instantly. I cant remember the name but im sure someone knows what im talking about. :help:
  3. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    I spray it with Ortho Brush-B-Gone, but even though that kills the ivy it doesn't get rid of the urushiol which reacts with your skin causing the alergic reaction.
    There's a lot of websites on Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) and all the different treatments. Here's one to start you off on your quest to find ways to treat it. Good luck.

  4. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    thanks...i have looked at the website before...found it off of WebMD!

    I will try that killer though!
  5. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    go see the doc and get a prescription. Kenalog or prednisone.

    Try using 2-4d amine on the poision oak. Round up should of worked but hey what can I say, go with the cheaper route and apply at the highest recomended concintration which I belive is 2oz per gallon pending what manufactured product you buy. Mix well and dont skimp too much when spraying. I find 2 - 3 apps of this will pretty much take care of it. Be carfull if it is wrapped in trees. Pull them down first then spray.
    If it is not a large area then pull it by hand. get those really long elbow length rubber gloves and some rubber waders and goto town. Make sure your face is covered. Never mow it as it puts little molecules in the air. Combined with sweat you will break out every where that is exposed.
  6. Dodgemania

    Dodgemania LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    I used to go to doctor and get an injection but around here they've done away with that, and now you get a set of pills up to six days. It's a type of steroid and my doctor said she would only give it to me three times a year, because it's bad for circulation or something.
    So then she goes on to tell me that I should swich occupations. I told her that wasn't an option. She looked at me weird and I told her thats like me telling you to switch occupations over something minor.
    Not going to her anymore!
    Yeah but I can look at the stuff and get it.
  7. PTOhioMower

    PTOhioMower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    What works really well on poison ivy is hot water!! The hotter the better, boiling hot. The hard part is gettin the hot water to the ivy. Maybe one of those portable steamers would work well. Good luck, I hate the stuff!!
  8. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    The stuff Chuckers is talking about is called Zanfel. It is pretty expensive but worth every penny if you apply it just as the poison ivy is getting started. I've had poison ivy 11 times over the past two years and it only made it past Zanfel once. Not bad. Again, I URGE you to get Zanfel ASAP (No I don't have stock in Zanfel. Yes I do still highly recommend it). However, if its past the first several hours after contact, you've got poison ivy. Nothing but Caladryl lotion and patience will get you through it at that point.

    Try to keep it under control. Don't sweat. Don't touch your body. Don't let the affected part of your body touch other parts of your body whether they are affected or not. Don't touch anyone else. Don't touch things that other people use because they can get it off of it. Especially DON'T touch yer privates (or anybody else's) because privates are even easier to spread it to. Don't scratch. Don't think about scratching (even the thought of scratching poison ivy makes it spread). Don't even dream about scratching - it only makes it worse.

    Use LOTS of soap in the shower. Hot water helps to scratch it without you having to scratch it. . .thats the only relief but don't stay in the hot water too long or you'll start perspiring and make it worse. Apply medicine to the least affected body parts and then the most affected body parts to minimize the spread of Urushiol (the oil common to poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac that serves as the antigen to the antibodies in your body that causes the allergic reaction). Wash yer hands thoroughly after you've applied topical medicine. Put on clean clothes at least twice a day and use lots of soap in the washer. Drink plenty of water and take a daily dose of Vitamin C. Last but not least, lick your left eyebrow with your tongue.
  9. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    you could always do a bevis & buthead :blob2: :blob2: :blob2: :laugh: just kidding, i my self would use concentrated round up on the plants
  10. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    just FYI you can't spread P/I that is an only wives tale! I learned that off of WebMD!!!!!!

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