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Home Remedies for Poison Ivy

When you come in contact with this plant, you want to reduce the inflammation and painful itch. This guide is about home remedies for poison oak.
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June 3, 2013 Flag

I had it all over my arms and ankles. I tried alcohol, aloe, witch hazel, dish soap, lemon, etc.! No relief, the itch was killing me. It would wake me up in the middle of the night!

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Finally, what finally dried it up after a week is a spray called Tecnu. It's at Walgreens or CVS. It is awesome. It cures the itch, cools the area and dried it up. It cost me $14.00 at CVS. Just thought I would share!

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June 7, 20130 found this helpful

I use this all the time and it is wonderful. I am highly allergic to poison ivy. It was originally developed for the logging industry in the Northwest.

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April 18, 2005 Flag

After washing the area with soap and water, wipe down that area of the skin with a mix of 1/2 chlorine bleach and 1/2 water and rinse with water. Helps to remove the plant oil that creates all that itching.

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April 18, 20050 found this helpful

My husband uses liquid dishwasher detergent which is probably very close to what you've indicated. Though I haven't had the need to try it, he says it stings for a moment or two when you first apply it, but it dries it out in a few days rather than suffering with it for weeks.

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May 21, 2007 Flag

Does anyone know of some homemade cures for poison ivy?

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Sandy from Bluff City, TN

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August 26, 20080 found this helpful

What I did was blend together 1 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of baking soda. Then, make a VERY thick paste using hot water. spread it all over the ivy and wait until it dries. Wash off and stay itchless for 6 hours!

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February 6, 20090 found this helpful

Use a cap full of Clorox bleach in a tub of warm/hot water. Soak your entire body in the tub until the water begins to feel cool. The poison ivy will clear up within days. Of course if its on your face, dont use bleach!

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February 6, 20090 found this helpful

Use a cap full of Clorox bleach in a tub of warm/hot water. Soak your entire body in the tub until the water begins to feel cool. The poison ivy will clear up within days. Of course if its on your face, dont use bleach!

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June 12, 2012 Flag

What can I do, short of going to my doctor, to treat poison ivy, especially the itch? I've had it before, but it's never have been this itchy!

Thankz a million in advance.

By AL from Pittsburgh, PA

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August 5, 20120 found this helpful

I have been using the same thing that Crafter Mary recommends for over 25 years.They are Hyland's Poison Ivy/Oak pills and are available on Amazon.com for $6.49 with free shipping for 50 pills using this link:

http://www.amaz  neric&sr=1-1

Harlean from Arkansas

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August 7, 20120 found this helpful

Crush 6 Bayer asprin and disolve into 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol and apply at least 3 times a day. Stops the itch and dries up the blisters. Have used this for years. Note of caution: Store in glass container only. I don't know why, but Bayer seems to work the best. Hope this helps you.

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August 7, 20120 found this helpful

I use hot water. I got it on my hands one year and found a site on the web that recommended hot water to ease the itch. I hold my hand under the faucet, running hot water, (not burning hot, of course). The hot water releases the histamines that cause the itching. The itching will stop until the histamines build up again... usually in a few hours, then I do it again.

This wouldn't be practical for some areas on the body but worked great for me on my hands,

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June 13, 2013 Flag

Is there a good cream for the itch from poison ivy? I've had the bad experience of getting poison ivy again, this is the second year. I've never had it before until last year and this year. I've gone to the doctor and was prescribed some pills and cream for the itch and rash.

It's been over a month and I still have the rash. It's slowly going away. My question is: There is an over the counter cream called Zanfel that is sold at Walgreens in a little tube for over $35.00 that is suppose to stop the itch within 30 seconds and start clearing up the rash by the second day! Has anyone ever tried this cream and does it really work? Is it worth the money for such a small amount? I have relatives that swear that it works great, but I reviewed it and found others that would not buy the stuff and said it didn't work at all. Should I buy this or not? Is there a generic brand that would work better and cheaper? Any help would be great. Thanks.

By Linda from Brighton, MI

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June 15, 20130 found this helpful

I like a product called Solarcaine: Aloe Extra Burn Relief. It has lidocaine, and it stopped the poison ivy itching far better than hydrocortisone. It's made for sunburn, but it really worked for my poison ivy. I don't remember the exact cost, but it was quite inexpensive.

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June 18, 20130 found this helpful

The old school way: Fals Naptha soap

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March 30, 20160 found this helpful

Fels Naptha Soap can be bought at Walmart now and several other stores. It works best and fastest use a washcloth you can even break it up and put it in your laundry it doesn't smell pleasant but it works. DO NOT TAKE a bath use it in the shower....

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August 9, 2005 Flag

Any new ideas on treating poison ivy? My arms started with the rash, itch three days ago and I am about to go crazy. Not to mention that it looks so gross!

Jan from South Carolina

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August 19, 20050 found this helpful

Go to the Health Food Store and request Poison Oak Tablets. They are a Hyland product and are about $5.00 a bottle. I have been using these successfully and recommending them for about 30 years. If you plan to go camping where there might be poison ivy, just take a couple tablets a day for several days before your campout. It immunizes you. I used to pick wild blackberries every year to sell at the farmer's market, and I took them daily during the season, beginning about a week before I started picking. I once fell off a log backwards in a large patch of poison ivy, and never got a blister. They really work well.

Harlean from Arkansas

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December 2, 20050 found this helpful

when I was a kid, a neighbor burned brush with poison ivy. I had it everywhere and doctors gave internally and external medication but I had it so severe, it barely worked. The doctor was going to admit me into the hospital but told my mother to take me to the beach and let me soak in the ocean. It worked wonders and back at home my mother made a salt salution but it didnt work. We went back to the beach for another soaking and brought home gallons of sea water home. I was able to wear clothes again and keep my eyes open within 4 days. Everything cleared up within a week. Since then mild cases of it is always cleared up in a day or two after a day at the beach.

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February 15, 20080 found this helpful

I don't know if this will work once you are in heavy break out mode but, it works for me when I do this just a few hours after contact and welts appear.

1) Get out of your contaminated clothes.

2) Apply liquid dish soap (Dawn) to area. No water. Rub in, and then wash off - don't dry.

3) Apply Baking Soda to the wet area liberally. leave on a minute or two. It will itch a little.

4) Rinse baking soda off with vinegar. (yep, the stuff in the fridge with vinegar will bubble like crazy and tingle.)

5) Rinse with fresh water and dry.

My welts were completely gone within 3 to 4 hours. It's worked for me 3 times so far. It's cheap and it's stuff I already had in the house.

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May 3, 2012 Flag

Is there a treatment for poison ivy in a pill form? I have tried all the over the counter medicines to stop the itch, etc., but nothing seems to help. Outside of going to a doctor does anyone know if there anything else I can take?

By Bren

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May 5, 20120 found this helpful

Unfortunately, the reaction is systemic, not just topical, so it has to run its course. Have you tried homeopathical treatments?

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May 5, 20120 found this helpful

Go to the pharmacy and get a product call Tecnu. It was made for the loggers in the northwest. I am allergic to poison ivy as well and it works for me. Follow directions and I think you will be pleased.

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May 5, 20120 found this helpful

I am an experienced poison ivy victim-not anymore. After running down treatment after treatment and going to the doctor for shots and steroid, I went to an Apothecary shoppe and bought Rhus-tox. This is a treatment of 3 vials taken for 3 consescutive weeks on the same day of the week.

Pill is not as strong as the liquid so I highly recommend the liquid. Cost me about $22. I would have paid $2200.00 for it. Can't be used while you are infected but after you are clear. Take it. Once a year treatment is all you need. I have not had poison ivy for 3 years. For the relief of the itching, buy Gold Bond ointment. It is soothing and cool. I feel for ya, buddy.

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August 3, 2012 Flag

Does anyone know how to treat poison ivy and how to prevent it?

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August 5, 20120 found this helpful

There is a product you can buy at Walgreens and Walmart might have it, called Tecnu. It dissolves the ivy oil. After you think you have been exposed to it get in the shower and before turning the water on rub Tecnu on the exposed areas then take an old rag and wash off and throw the rag away then shower as normal. The instructions are on the label. It was made for loggers in the northwest. I am allergic to poison ivy as well and this has helped me.

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August 5, 20120 found this helpful

Learn to identify poison ivy and then just avoid it. We don't have it where I live, but we do have other types of stinging plants, not nothing as bad as poison ivy. You just learn to identify them, and then stay away.

I am sorry I can't tell you what do when you do have a rash. Try googling for info; there are many free websites that give you information about medical issues such as this.

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August 5, 20120 found this helpful

Jewelweed works wonders and Mother Nature supplies large amounts of this wild weed. Just break off some tips and leaves, smuch them up and rub on the affected areas. No cost, no chemicals.

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June 26, 2011 Flag

My husband has poison oak on his leg. Any ideas on how to cure it?

By Elizabeth D.

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June 27, 20110 found this helpful

I know this works great for poison ivy, take a green tomatoe and cut it into wedges and rub it all over the poison oak/ivy and within a few days it will be completely dried up.

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June 27, 20110 found this helpful

I don't know about the poison oak, but with poison ivy, if you can use alcohol on it immediately after exposure, this will take care of it. If not immediately, then use this as soon as possible. If you find that you did not catch it in time, take 3 to 4 grams of vitamin C every three to four hours, or when you feel that skin crawly sensation return. After 5 days of this treatment, the poison ivy should be completely gone. I hope this helps with poison oak as well!

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June 27, 20110 found this helpful

My husband and I both have been inundated with poison oak. I had it so bad two years ago that my eyes were swollen shut! Anyway, I used plain rubbing alcohol on it to dry it out. Every time I started itching, I just took a cotton ball soak in the alcohol and rubbed it over the spots. My husband used this tip too, but he used all the alcohol and didn't tell me so we ran out. He tried straight bleach and that worked too. But, I'd be afraid of the bleach burning my skin if I was sensitive to it, which I am.

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September 16, 2010 Flag

I have poison oak on my body and it is very easy for me to catch this. Are there any people out there who have home remedies for this? Help! Please.

By Jimmie

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September 17, 20100 found this helpful

I can't tell you for sure but when my husband would 1st catch the poison oak or even a mosquito bite he would make a paste of soap & put it on the area. If your area is small you can try this. He said it did help with the itching. It's natural so it can't hurt.

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September 18, 20100 found this helpful

Dissolve 6 plain (Beyer) aspirins in 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol. DO NOT STORE IN PLASTIC. Apply to affected area 3 or 4 times a day. Obviously, you should not use this if you are sensitive to aspirin. Everything--clothes, bedding, etc. that has touched the area should be washed to remove any of the oils from the poisonous plant.

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September 20, 20100 found this helpful

This is not exactly a home remedy, but I have used this product for at least 40 years. It is better than any ointment or remedy that I have ever heard of. It is available in most health food stores. If you cannot find it, it is available on Amazon.com. The product is a homeopathic tablet, Hyland's Poison Ivy/Oak tabs, and they are relatively inexpensive, $7.98 for 50 tabs. They not only will clear up the rash almost overnight, but you can take the pills for several days before a camping trip, and if you accidentally are exposed to the ivy, you may end up with just a blister or two...perhaps nothing.

I picked wild blackberries every summer for years, and I used this product. I remember well a time when I slipped off a log and fell spread eagle on my back in a batch of poison ivy. I had been taking 2 pills a day for about 7 days, and never got a blister. I very highly recommend it.

Harlean from Arkansas

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May 10, 2011 Flag

I have poison ivy on my face and I have done all of the treatments and I believe that it is getting better. Well, I don't know if it's getting better because it's all dried up! Please tell me if that's good or bad. I need info.

By Bean-o from MA

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May 10, 20110 found this helpful

I feel for you -- honestly! How long have you had the rash? Have you seen a doctor yet?

I got a horrible rash on my forearms several years back, and tried to deal with it. At a routine doctor's visit, I pointed it out to the doc (although it was finally healing up after over a month), and he said it looked like poison ivy. I had been doing some yard clean up, and I guess there was some dead poison ivy. He prescribed a steroid, and that helped finish clear it up more quickly.

I feel like it got better once it dried up, but it's been a while. I just know that I will never let it go so long again. I hate going to the doctor, but that rash was miserable. If you haven't visited your doc yet, please consider it. Hope you feel better soon!

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May 11, 20110 found this helpful

Wash your face with fals naptha soap.

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May 15, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, the fact that the rash is drying up is a very good sign. The liquid that comes out of the bumps is what spreads the rash. My entire family is extremely sensitive to poison ivy. Calamine never helped, but a gel called Rhuli-gel worked like a charm!

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July 30, 2007 Flag

I've heard that poison ivy hates boron-rich soil, and that an easy way to kill it off and prevent it from re-growing is to add borax to the soil. Has anyone else heard of this? And do you know if it would hurt other plants as well? I have three 100+ year old maples that I really don't want to kill. I have tons of poison ivy, and this seemed like a relatively cheap and safe way to get rid of it. Any ideas?

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June 30, 2008 Flag

How do we use Fels Naptha to effectively treat poison ivy rash? And anything special to do with it to make laundry soap for poison ivy clothes?

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