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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Poison Ivy and Oak

I just got off the phone with my son in CA. He was telling me that he has a bad cast of poison Oak from last weeks steelhead fishing trip. He has always had this problem ever since he was little. If he gets close to poison Ivy or Oak he brakes out all over. He has a doctors appointment this coming week ,but in the mean time it is starting to get to him. He has always taken care of it with (Zanfel $40.00 for a one oz. tube) and he has gone through two tubes and it is not helping. He has tried everthing that he knows about and it is not getting any better. If anyone knows of something that might help we would appreciate any help. Thanks, rich c
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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-07-2011, 05:28 AM
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He may get some relief with OTC Pepcid or Zantac.

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post #3 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-07-2011, 01:11 PM
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How will heart burn medicine help with poison oak? An antihistamine like benadryl pills may help.

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I've used this stuff with good success.

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post #5 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-07-2011, 01:33 PM
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Luckily, I don't get poison so I can't give you personal experience. My father on the other hand gets it from the wind blowing. His soloution was to sit in a bath as hot as he could stand, then once the skin was soft he would rub the area with a nail brush until it was like a brush burn and dump a diluted bleach solution on it. He always said it burned like heck but the poison was gone in a few hours. I would still go with a topical medicine lol!
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post #6 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-08-2011, 02:25 AM
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He probably tried this already but calamine lotion is pretty cheap. John S, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that Swift is a nurse or MD. Zantac and Pepcid are both H2 inhibitors, Benadryl I think is an H1 inhibitor, long story short both will help take the edge off of itching and not make you drowsy. The steroids help with the inflammation.

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I'm pretty sensitive to poison ivy so Ive had a bit of experience with this growing up. my routine when I get it is to use a poison ivy scrub to try and get the oils off as quickly as possible. usually I can get it pretty quick and lessen teh outbreak. if I get the rash, the best relief from itching I've had is from hot water, as hot as you can stand for as long as you can stand. then a baking soda paste ont he rash and let it dry. I've tried bleach with limited success. Baking soda helps to dry it out I've found. That should pretty much take care of the itching for 3-5 hours. As a last resort, steroids will take care of it quickly but doctors are reluctant to prescribe them bc of the side-effects.

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+1 on the hot water. It raises the histamines in your skin and until your body can build them up again the itch will be relieved. This is only a temporary solution, tho. You might have to take a dozen showers a day. Avoid bleach or physically sanding or grinding the rash off. Those are good routes to blood poisoning. If Zanfel doesn't work, that probably means the infection is systemic (more than 15% of the body covered, sores breaking out in places where the plant was never contacted, etc) and will probably require a prescription steroid.

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Swim in a chlorniated pool, clears it up a couple days.

Stings alot less than the straight bleach!

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Try Zertec worked for my wife

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