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Old 07-24-2012, 05:44 AM
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Slowly, I am finding little rashes of poison ivy on me. I am 99% sure I am getting it from one of our cats or maybe the dog. I really think one of the cats are the guilty ones here as they spend their days outside in our woods.

I havent really had poison ivy since I was a kid and it never really bothered me then. But this hot weather is taking a toll on me and the itchy poison ivy is driving me nuts. I know everyone has their own little treatments for poison ivy. What's yours?
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:11 AM
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I have family members who are susceptible to poison ivy. If it were me, I would skip the over the counter meds/creams, etc., contact a doctor or dermatologist and get a tube of medication that will actually help the situation. If you call your doctor, he/she might be willing to call in a prescription for you....save you the cost of an office visit.

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Old 07-24-2012, 10:39 AM
Location: Northern Maine
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Calamine lotion will work for you

Roundup will work for the poison ivy.
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:47 PM
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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It may not be 'poison ivy'. There is another plant that I've been told is called 'peppervine', which I've noticed is rather prolific around here. It is much more potent than poison ivy/oak/sumac and even nails those who, like me, typically aren't affected by those. Sometimes it may take 2-3 days for the rash to appear and during that time, anything you may have touched or rubbed against will get traces of the oil on it. The oil is effective for as much as a year and any time you come into contact with it you will get the rash again. Soap does not break it down well but alcohol does.

To eradicate the plant itself may take several repeated sprayings of heavy duty brush-killer, especially if it is well established and has grown into a thick, woody vine.

I have some of it here. After it stops raining I'll see if I can get some photos of it and post them so you can see if it is what you have.

To mitigate the effects of the rash, as soon as you notice it, wash your skin with rubbing alcohol (and any surfaces you may have come into contact with), then apply calamine lotion. In addition, take an antihistamine such as Benadryl or Loratidine, etc, whatever you find works best for you. If the rash is *really* bad, you may want to use a cream with a topical anesthetic such as Lidocaine, Benzocaine or Xylocaine (again, whichever one you find works best for you).
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:17 AM
Location: Maine
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I use mint soap. It has to be mint essential oil, not fragrance oil. And it has to be soap, not a detergent. It breaks down the ivy oil and soothes the skin quickly.
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