Posion Ivy Remedies

Nancy - posted on 07/06/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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What do you do for Poison Ivy? My 15 year old has it all over his arms and legs.

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Shelly - posted on 03/23/2013

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My son has had poison ivy for a week now the 1st areas are dried up but his hands are not clearing up. I tried gloves but they made his hands itch so bad he cried. I have ointment from the doctor & its not working on his hands. I'm putting cold compresses on them that's the only thing thatbhelps the itching. Help me get rid of it!

Sharon - posted on 07/14/2009

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Our ER suggests a product called zanfel its over the counter and it works within 30 seconds.

Hayley - posted on 07/10/2009

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you can also use Fels-Naptha, it's a laundry soap, looks like a regular bar of soap and is usually in the laundry aisle. It breaks down the toxin since it's oil based. It works on anything that's transmitted through oils on the skin, poison ivy, oak, sumac etc. I have my kids wash their hands, arms, and legs with it if they've been out in the woods. You can also use a bit grated up in the wash to get the oils off of clothes so you don't' spread it that way. Another thing is powdered milk. make a paste and apply to the sores and it will dry them up. I'm an R.N. and these are a few of the home remedy's we tell people about.

Tammy - posted on 07/08/2009

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IF IT'S REALLY BAD I'D TAKE HIM TO THE DOCTOR THEY DO HAVE SHOT NOW TO TAKE CARE OF THAT ....I'M DEATHLY ELERJECK (SPELT WRONG) TO THAT STUFF AND HAVE TO GO GET SHOTS ....DON'T WIT TIL IT GETS TO HIS EYES AND MOUTH THERE IS SOME STUFF AT WAL*MART THAT IS VERY GOOD IVY REST AND ANOTHER INWHICH I'M OUT OF AND CAN'T THINK OF THE NAME OF IT ITS A LIQUID U RUD THE SIGHT FOR 2 MINUTES AND WASH IT OFF ITS VERY GOOD STUFF I LOVE IT ASK THE PHARMARCY TO SHOW U I THINK ITS CALLED IVY DRI IT'S NOT CHEAP BUT ITS THE BESTAND IT WORKS ....HOPE I'VE HELPED YA GL

Michelle - posted on 07/07/2009

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All the prior comments are true but also, have him sleep with gloves on. Scratching makes it spread.

Eleanor - posted on 07/07/2009

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Another thing you can try after thorough soap and water shower to get the oil off an oatmeal bath will help the itching. just dump a couple of cups off oatmeal in bathtub of warm water and have him soak for 15 mins or so then rinse residue off not wash off. Sounds gross but works.

Karen - posted on 07/06/2009

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This is definately something I know about! I've been allergic to poison ivy my whole life -- usually get it at least once each year. Best to prevent if you can -- when he's goning to be out in the woods, etc -- use Ivy Block lotion & when he comes in have him shower, washing well with soap & water. Once exposed & breaking out, there are tons of creams & lotions from calamine to cortaid, but the BEST thing I've found is ZANFEL. It is an exfoliating wash that relieves itching (usually in 30 seconds) and washes away the poison ivy oil from the skin so that breakouts stop. It can take several applications & is very expensive ($40 a tube -- 12 applications) but is well worth it! Find it at Walgreens. Will stop itch for several hours. If he coninues to have new breakouts after 4 days or it's very severe -- call your doctor or dermatologist -- they can give him prednizone (or another steroid) orally for a week & that'll clear it up fast!!

Pam - posted on 07/06/2009

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I've heard calamine lotion helps, I can't remember mom doing anything else for us when we got into the poison ivy. Apple cidar vinegar might be cooling and soothing if there aren't any open wounds... and of course aloe vera

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