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        07-30-2013, 06:33 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Poison Ivy

    Ugh so this is going to be a bit of a rant and a question.
    It seems like every year I get poison ivy. And not your usual bumps but the doctor claims I'm allergic to it severely and it spreads like wildfire all over me. And it just doesn't go away. Nothing over the counter helps and I'm allergic to prednasone (the shot they give you) so the only thing they can do for me is give me a very strong hydrocortisone cream. Well last year I got it all over and BAD! So I was extra careful this year when pulling weeds and etc....well I got home last night and guess who has it all over her legs...yep me! I have no clue how I got it and the only thing I can think of is our dog was out on the farm and somehow got it on her and then rubbed up against me...but idk if that's even possible. I am so miserable and it itches so bad! It's already spread down my leg and I can't get my prescription until later.
    So does anyone know of anything that helps soothe it and make it stop itching so darn bad that I can do until I can pick up my prescription??
         
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        07-30-2013, 06:46 PM
      #2
    Trained
    Yes, it is possible that the dog could of spread it onto you. My brother is a logger and gets it and he has to be very careful other wise he spreads it around the house and his poor wife get it as well.
    Have you tried the good 'ol standbys, Tecnu and Calamine lotion?
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        07-30-2013, 06:48 PM
      #3
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
    Yes, it is possible that the dog could of spread it onto you. My brother is a logger and gets it and he has to be very careful other wise he spreads it around the house and his poor wife get it as well.
    Have you tried the good 'ol standbys, Tecnu and Calamine lotion?
    Yeah I've tried Calamine with no luck Never heard of Tecnu, what is that??
         
        07-30-2013, 06:51 PM
      #4
    Trained
    I think now it comes it several different forms, soap, wipes and cream. Some people have luck with and others claim it doesn't work for them, but it might be worth a shot.
    Tecnu
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        07-30-2013, 06:53 PM
      #5
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
    I think now it comes it several different forms, soap, wipes and cream. Some people have luck with and others claim it doesn't work for them, but it might be worth a shot.
    Tecnu
    Thank you!! I will have to try this!
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        07-30-2013, 07:01 PM
      #6
    Started
    I'm super allergic to it as well, and it's usually at least a couple of times per year that I get a rash to some degree. If you can't get the shot then really all you can do is suck it up and wait for the rash to go away This last time was particularly bad for me, so they gave me a shot, steroid pills, and some super strong cream to help with the itching. I tried putting bandages on my arms and at night the oozing grossness would still soak through them. The doctor recommend an over the counter product to help dry it up, but I don't recall the name at the moment. It's something that starts with a D, I have the name written down somewhere so I'll try to get it for you. I haven't tried it as the drugs dried it up pretty well, so I can't vouch for whether or not it works.

    I completely understand your pain- poison ivy is awful!!
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        07-30-2013, 07:03 PM
      #7
    Banned
    When poison ivy goes systemic, which it does in some people like you, it is a PITA. I don't get poison ivy by contact, but I burned some brush one time and breathed the smoke and got it systemically, and I sympathize with you...
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        07-30-2013, 07:07 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    I read an article in one of the outdoor sport magazines about poison oak/poison ivy and it had a very interesting remark. Once you've gotten it bad, you can break out without actually coming in contact with any of the stuff.....This struck a note with me because I get poison oak bad and would swear up and down I had not come into contact with any but here's a rash!

    Can't help with what medication to use since the good stuff doesn't work for you but here's what I do.

    -Hyper alert for the plant so I can avoid touching it.

    -It's tough but if you pet your dog or cat, don't touch any exposed areas prior to washing your hands with soap. It's an oil so they can easily being carrying it around on their coat. FYI, I even wash my hands after cleaning my horses feet just on the off chance his legs brushed up against a plant.

    -When you come inside from working, trail riding, whatever you did that might bring you in contact with the nasty stuff. Strip, toss your clothes in the washing machine (so you don't have to touch them again) and immediately jump in the shower. This right here as seriously cut down on my getting poison oak.

    I can't say this enough, what the plants exude is an oil and doesn't dissipate without using soap. That means you can put on a pair of gloves you hadn't used in a year or pick up a tool out of the shed and end up getting some on you. Heck, I read where a botanist pulled a branch out of storage where it had sat for ~100 years and ended up getting a rash.
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        07-31-2013, 12:29 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    Thanks everyone!! I actually was digging through our medicene cabinet and found some technu that I evidently had gotten last year, sprayed it on and had instant itch relief! Plus I have my cream prescription now so that helps.
    Hopefully it will go away soon! :(
         
        07-31-2013, 12:45 PM
      #10
    Started
    Found the card with the name on it- looks like this is the stuff to help dry up the oozing: Bayer Consumer Care Products - Domeboro
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