calhadryl (sp?) cream
hair dryer on the spots (this is the best!)
baking soda paste
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...
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.