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from Jerod Henderson on 11.02.09
white vinegar applied twice a day will dry it up.Don't use too often it will dry and crack the skin.
I scratch the poison ivy/oak till its open, then pour bleach in it. It hurts, but it works very fast.
If you know right away that you have gotten poison ivy on you, the best thing to do is take a shower and scrub the affected area with soap. If you're too late, you'll have to scrub Borax on your the affected area and leave it for a few days.
green soap or this stuff called tecnu you can get them both from the pharmacy... but my grandmother used to make bottles of that jewel weed juice by running it through a meat grinder and it would clear up in a day!!!!
Calamine lotion and an oatmeal/baking soda bath. This is the remedy suggested by dermatologists. If it's really bad, then you'll need steroids.
Best medicine is prevention though.
My grand-dad used to tell me: "three leaves and shiny, no good for the heinie."
There is a plant called Jewel Weed that grows by creeks and it is a remedy for poison ivy. It has leaves shaped like a Beech tree's leave, has orange flowers and when you put the leaf under water it looks like aluminum foil. Use the juice from the plant's stem and leaves, than apply it to the affected areas. I have never tried it, because I have been lucky not to get either ailments as you mentioned. Check a medicinal plant book such as Tom Brown's books for identification of the plant or other reputable source.
Depending on how bad it is, you may need antihistamines and/or steroids. Most of the time if it is a bad exposure, it will take time. Often times there is no quick fix. See you doctor if it's not getting better. Good luck.
anti histamines have always worked well for me.
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