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#1 Old 06-24-2005, 07:39 PM
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I am going crazy! I think that I have a case of systemic poison ivy. I started breaking out 10 or 11 days ago in a rash and I'm pretty sure it's poison ivy (I've had it before). But I still am getting new patches every single day. Probably 10-15% of my body is covered. If it is systemic, meaning that the oil got in my blood stream, it will be another 2 1/2 weeks or so before it clears. So I may be going to the doctor's soon for steroids to try to stop the new outbreaks, despite the lack of health insurance for this kind of thing. In the mean time, does anyone have any anti itch remedies? I have tried:



hydrocortisone cream

calhadryl (sp?) cream

hair dryer on the spots (this is the best!)

Zanfel

Technu

baking soda paste

Benadryl



Thanks!
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#2 Old 06-24-2005, 07:53 PM
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Eeeek! That sounds awful. I'm sorry.

I'd stick with taking some antihystamines... might help, might make you drowsy.

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#3 Old 06-24-2005, 08:27 PM
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I once had posion oak so bad all over my lower legs, thighs, and face that I ended up missing work and school for 5 days (note that this is the ONLY time in my entire life that I have not shown up for work, I even go when sick). I couldn't even walk, because everytime I stood up, my skin would streach and the blisteres on my body would pop. It was horrible.



My husband (then bf) finally convinced me to go to the doctor who gave me some steriods and that got rid of it shortly after.





Uggg. I don't envy you. I would just go to the doctor, my only regret is that I didn't go sooner...
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#4 Old 06-24-2005, 08:57 PM
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I have a fantastic skin condition which causes a rash when I get stressed (go bad genetics!), here's what works for me since medication does nothing:



calamine lotion (it comes in clear now)

the soap made at Lush that contains calamaine

ice cube applied directly to itch

bottle of cold vodka applied to site of itchiness and vodka applied to veggiebiker (or an icepack_

a product called "Look no X-E-Ma" which works on rashes and poison ivy as well (contains honey and beeswax)

oatmeal bath (blend oatmeal to fine powder in your blender or you can buy it at a store)



Hope you feel better!
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yeah I had a bad case last year on my face, legs and arms as well as my stomach on my back and it was incredibly painful. I couldn't move without itching or feeling like i was about to cry.

Tee tree oil worked fabulously, as does witch hazel which is an astringent. avoid cremes or pastes, as they just clog up the area and look for something that will draw the moisture out of the blisters some types of clay also help.

If you've got new patches breaking out, it's likely that the skin is still developing the reaction; it took a couple of days for my whole infection to show its ugly head, but i learned that you can't spread it, its the contact with the plant that causes the reaction.

The hair dryer sounds interesting, i found really hot water on the spot for as long as i could stand it and then really cold water for as long as i could stand it. i showered about three times a day lol.

If you know about homeopathics, I believe rus toxicodron is the remedy used to treat poison ivy. I strongly recomend homepathics as a cure over the steroids, but consult a homeopathic practitioner first.

good luck!
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#6 Old 06-26-2005, 08:09 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions! I did take an oatmeal bath today. And I started taking Prednisone (a steroid). It's not a whole lot of fun in that it makes my muscles really sore and tired and is making me a little depressed, but the itching is a lot better and I haven't have any new outbreaks today for the first time in 13 days and the rash is still big and red, but it is less raised up. So I'm not feeling great, but better I guess.
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are you sure that you have washed everything you were wearing when you got poison ivy? i used to work outside/in wooded areas and once i kept breaking out on my hands...then i got rid of my work gloves and bought a new pair and the poison ivy FINALLY went away.

agh, it's horrible, hope you get better. sounds like you needed a shot of steroids! not the best option, but when it's that bad it's really the only thing that helps (IMO).
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holly, thanks for the advice. I don't know when I got it, but I have washed all of my clothes in dish soap and then in the washer, my towels, my bed sheets, and I switched soaps. I think that the oil got into my bloodstream and I am having a systemic reaction. I have a lot of symptoms of a systemic allergic reaction, like I am breaking out in all of my joints and I have muscle weakness (which is exacerbated by the steroids). I'm on oral steroids and they really are helping, and I can handle the side effects better than I can the itching! It is awful stuff!
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Eek, Beth. Feel better! I hope the itchies go away soon.
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Eek, Beth. Feel better! I hope the itchies go away soon.



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Jinga is no stranger to the itchies!



You would know. It was partially your fault
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Thanks Jinga!
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At this moment I to have it.

Unless you treat it with steroidal and prednisone medications it can continue in your body and do you harm. Ask someone for financial assistance with this problem. Most clinics go by income sliding scale and this isn't anything to mess around with and can be life threatening if left untreated!

 

Bottom line is your immune system is not working properly if this happens to you.  Your adrenals may be malfunctioning along with other things as well.

 

I have Chronic Lyme with co-infections. It's not even normal for me to get this stuff.  I may have to start back at square one and see my NA and Lyme specialist to sort it all out.

Good Luck,

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Cool Baths are the secret!!!!

Baths are only an irritant because you are heating up your body. I don't understand why doctors recommend something that will ultimately cause your to be histamine reactive.

 

Also if you want to dry this stuff up which is what will make the pustules retreat and heal quicker don't soak them. Take a shower. 

 

Extreme circumstance require extreme measures...... sometimes!!

 

Unless you are convinced you normal soap works and I can tell you I've inquired with a few doctors and confirmed my findings, MOST NORMAL DETERGENTS CANNOT DISSOLVE THE URUSHOIL (POISON IVY).

Purex, the company produces a produce that will dissolve the oil and my docs recommended it to be used on the body and clothing within 4 hours after contact. It is called Fels-Naptha

When you use this bar of soap to wash the clothes fill washer to desired level of water, break off a chunk of the bar and swish it around until the water is very milky and feels a little slimy.

I also use a spray called Ivy Dry 

Also 1% cortisone cream 5 minutes after the Ivy Dry to calm the redness and itching.

 

I rarely itch. Mostly at night when I sweat in sleep so the program works.

GOOD LUCK

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