I’ve written about Poison Ivy before, but it’s that time of year when so many people are suffering the effects of the nasty plant. About 15 percent of the 120 million Americans who are allergic to poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac are so highly sensitive that they break out in a rash and begin to swell in 4 to 12 hours instead of the normal 24 to 48. Their eyes may swell shut and blisters may erupt on their skin. This is a very serious condition.
Doctors can give you a shot of corticosteroids to bring the swelling down in extreme cases. Many people are allergic to cortisone so sometimes home remedies make the most sense. Some doctors prescribe oral prednisone for 6 days of 60mg, then 6 days of 40mg and finally 6 days of 20 mg.
You can try a Poison Ivy Block Lotion, but beware, you still need to clean off the highly allergic Urushiol Oils so you don’t transfer to other parts of the body. Read the full blog for home remedies for poison ivy.
IMPORTANT FIRST STEP! The very first thing you should do after working in a garden or walking in the woods is wash with COLD water and a very strong soap like Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap
. This laundry soap will cut the oily residue Poison Ivy leaves on the skin (Urushiol Oil) without spreading it around to other areas. Be sure to do this BEFORE you know you have Poison Ivy. The cold water will keep your pores closed so the oil doesn’t penetrate. It may take 24 to 48 hours for you to breakout, by that time it will be too late to stop the process. Read on about the other steps to take and home remedies for poison Ivy…