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Preparation H for Poison Ivy

Have Poison Ivy? All you need is Preparation H-Cooling Gel! It not only cools and soothes the itch, it shrinks the lesions as well. It's not just for hemorrhoids anymore!

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I had it all over my hands, and completely avoided taking steroids for it. In a matter of two days, it was gone. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

By Cathy

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June 14, 20180 found this helpful

Cathy is absolutely correct; Preparation H Cooling Gel is a high concentration of witch hazel extract and is extremely effective on poison ivy, oak, sumac, and insect bites.

Brian

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June 15, 20180 found this helpful

The regular kind works well on face/arm/back pimples reducing redness and swelling of a minor breakout. Just be sure that the tube is only used for that purpose and if you need the prep h for the intended purpose have a separate tube just to be safe.

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The advice came from a fashion magazine years ago and was confirmed by my PCP to be ok to use (for me, check with your doctor to make sure it is ok for you).

The only caveat from the md is do not use for more than a few day at a time and to check back with his office if the breakouts persist or if there is any redness or warmth to the site as frequency can be an underlying problem and red/warm a sign of infection. Either may need medical care.

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