Homemade Cures for Poison Ivy

Does anyone know of some homemade cures for poison ivy?

Thanks
Sandy from Bluff City, TN

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May 22, 20070 found this helpful

If someone in your area grows jewel flowers, ask for some and for some seeds so you can grow your own. You mush up everything but the roots and apply it to the infected area. It's an old fashion remedy but works better than cortizone. My grandmother called the flowers 'touch-me-nots' because when you touch the ripe seed pods, they explode. They are really hard to find. Some places on the internet sell soap and lotions made from the jewel flowers. I've heard that they work fairly well. A little searching might help you find some real flowers or something made from them. Good luck

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May 22, 20070 found this helpful

I get poison ivy every year from somewhere in one of my flower beds. A friend of mine told me to use bleach on a cotton ball applied to the area. I did and it worked great! It dried up the rash and made me feel much better as well.

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

I'm severly allergic to Poison Ivy and we have it rampant thru our yard. I use generic benedryl capsuls one twice a day and two at night so I don't fall asleep at my job! During the day I keep the pre-packed alcohol swipes with me and rub the areas down quite often. The alcohol dries it and stops the itching.

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

I haven't personally found a cure for poison ivy, though I had it really, really bad one year. Had to get shots and take cortisone too.

This isn't a cure, but it definitely helps during healing: Hopefully, the affected area is in an area of your body that can be held under water. Hold the area under water as hot as you can stand it for about as long as you can stand it. It will feel like it is being "scratched" really, really hard. When you are through, gently dry the area and that should curb the itching for about 24 hours.

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

Drink lots of water and take Vitamin C and E. It helps the immune system clear up the body. You can also use a blow dryer on a LOW setting as it drys the poison ivy out. The one other thing is to use Clearasil / Salycilic Acid. Spread it on thinly and it helps dry the top layer and the rash peel off.

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

I don't know of a homemade cure, but Burt's Bees makes a "Farmers Friend Poison Ivy soap" with Jewelweed in it and it works very well to calm down the inflammation and itching. It is also good if you get the "itchies" after working in the yard. It runs about $5 a bar and I know drugstore.com carries it. Perhaps a store in your area carries it? A lot of specialty stores carry Burt's Bees products. I have also bought some homemade Jewelweed soap at a couple of craft fairs.

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

My father always rubbed a lather of fels naptha soap on us and let it dry. It never failed.

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

the main thing is to make sure all the clothing is washed in hot water. and then you wash your whole self with antibacterial soap. no matter what the poisen doesnt spread but where ever you touched while the oil was still on you that is where the poisen will be. many people dont realize this information but the spreading is really from the oil on your clothes and such.

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

My father believed in soaking affected part in Epson Salts. Also make a paste of baking soda and put on affected area...both help dry it up faster.

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May 24, 20070 found this helpful

This is not a home remedy, but I have been using it and recommending it for over 20 years. The product is Hyland's Poison Oak tablets, and is good for poison ivy as well as poison oak. This product is a natural remedy that is available in health food stores. It is also available on the internet. I believe Amazon.Com is one online source, but you could just go to Google and type in Hyland's Poison Oak tablets. It is very inexpensive, and it will prevent poison ivy as well as dry it up once you have the rash. I picked wild berries in the woods for many years and sold them at the Farmer's Market, and about a week before I started picking, I would begin taking a tablet or two each day. I once fell off a log while picking berries and landed on my back in a poison ivy patch, and never got a single blister. If you are planning a camping trip, you can take them before hand, and it will help. I swear by these pills.

Harlean from Arkansas

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May 25, 20070 found this helpful

Ever heard of using tabbaco for wasp/bee stings? Remove stinger, wet a pinch of tabaco, put it where you

were stung, leave it alone. It works great, stops the stinging/burning right away, pulls out the venom, no swelling. In about an hour, all thats left is a little red dot.

Worked so well on bee stings, I tried it on my poison Ivy about a month ago. Stopped the itch instantly, after about 2 hours the patch on my underside of my forearm was COMPLETELY gone. No bumps, reddness, no signs it was ever there. (it may sting when you first put it on for a few seconds)

Funny thing is, I'm sitting here w/ patches of tabaco all over my face now. I used my friends yard gloves after she had just finished clearing her fence line (which I was later told it was full of poison Ivy) and while wearing the gloves, I wiped the sweat off my forehead and out of my eyes, and so on....You guessed it, poison ivy now it covers my face, neck, and everywhere I rubbed with the gloves.

Almost all cleared up on my face (about 40 more mins.), and all the swelling is gone. After a break, I"ll start on my neck and chest...

CAUTION: NICOTINE IS ABSORBED THROUGH THE SKIN, TREAT SMALL AREAS AT A TIME TO AVOID NICOTINE POISONING.

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May 25, 20070 found this helpful

If you realize or believe that you may have touched poison ivy...immediately get white vinegar and have someone pour it liberally over the areas that have contacted the poison ivy.

Of course, if the face is involved you would want to put some vinegar on a q-tip and apply it, avoiding the eye area.

Vinegar neutralizes the oils in poison ivy.

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May 31, 20070 found this helpful

well if you go if you go swimming in a pool the chlorine will help dry up the poison ivy

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July 7, 20070 found this helpful

Use toothpaste =] im trying it right now so Idk if it works?

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March 19, 20080 found this helpful

Toothpaste straight up works! It takes the itch away and allows the healing process to begin! Try it!

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May 18, 20080 found this helpful

Tooth Paste method. I am using the tooth paste method now. It did take the ich away. My arm has a somewhat painful tingle. Its not that bad. Just keep your arm still, don't flex your skin and get a fan to it. Then its ok.

For a quick fix like that its not that bad. Note; organic tooth paste didn't really do anything. You have to cake on some crest.

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May 28, 20080 found this helpful

Wipe the infected area with a cotton ball soaked in Witch Hazel - I tried everything and this was the one that actually made the itching stop for hours.

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June 26, 20080 found this helpful

This isnt a home remedy but it works.

Go to your pharmacy and ask for Zanfel. It's an over the counter poison ivy/sumac/oak wash. It stops itching in 30 seconds! My dads a pharmacist and he swears by it. I have severe ivy now and I washed with it today and it's helped A LOT! it's kind of pricey but how bad do you want that itch. $35.00 for 1.5oz.

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July 31, 20080 found this helpful

I suffered from Poison Ivy nearly all my life. I've been admitted to hospitals because my body has gone into shock from it. My uncle had a co-worker that suggested clorox bleach. I put it on and it stopped the progression by the next day and recovery was on it's way. Obviously you want to keep clorox from the eyes. I suggest you use cotton balls and dab the clorox. Try a small area if your not sure about this cure. All these others are just a waste of time and effort.

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August 3, 20080 found this helpful

I have had poison ivy for about 2 weeks. It seems to be getting better on the weekends when I am not working, but by noon on Monday it gets really bad again. Is it sweat that is spreading it? What should I do?

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August 25, 20080 found this helpful

I have had poison ivy for a couple of days now, and I spread from my arm to my chin, and my neck, and now its behind my ears, and I have tried everything and nothing seems to work I've taking sleeping pills just to get me through the night and that does not even work. What will?

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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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January 22, 20130 found this helpful

If you're lucky enough to live by the ocean, a quick dip will stop the spread and clear it up in a day or so. If not, strong lye soap works well.

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