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Are you currently itching or miserable with a rash from poison ivy? Or do you seem to contract it as easily as saying the words “poison” and “ivy”? If so, you need to read this article.

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David Proctor

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Got Itch

                                  by David Proctor

May 5, 2016

Urban Farm Lifestyle Magazine    Published Weekly


 

Poison Ivy as defined by Wikie : Toxicodendron radicans, commonly known as eastern poison ivy or poison ivy, is a poisonous Asian and North American flowering plant that is well known for causing an itching, irritating, and sometimes painful rash in most people who touch it, caused by urushiol, a clear liquid compound in the plant’s sap
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxicodendron_radicans

Poison Ivy

I have always loved being outdoors, except when I come across poison ivy.  When Molly and I would go camping or canoeing it would seem like I had a poison ivy magnet attached to me. Molly was unaffected by poison ivy, not the case with me. 
Once I got the itch, it was with me for a long time. I can remember when I was young and my grandma would try Ivy Dry and Calamine Lotion.  All they would do is color my skin but little else.  I suppose you can go to a doctor and get a shot, they have shots for everything, but I didn’t grow up going to a doctor unless I was about on my death bed sick. .

So long story short, I get poison ivy rash when I come into contact with the plant. One of the guys I worked with told me about a homeopathic treatment that he bought from a downtown drug store call Rhus Tox Poison Ivy Pills.  I had never heard of taking a pill to help cure my symptoms, but in my case they even help prevent getting poison ivy rash. I take them when I know I may be out in an area that has poison ivy.  This works for me but this is not meant to serve as medical advice for anyone. 

There are various ways to treat poison ivy and I would recommend going to a doctor and getting a professional opinion and treatment.

The best medicine is to know what it looks like and avoid the plant altogether.  I seem to get the worst cases when I have been out mowing or weed eating. 

Let’s start by knowing what the plant looks like.  Taken from http://www.poison-ivy.org/ the pictures and text will tell you better than myself as to what to look for:

“This is about Eastern Poison ivy, which is the big bad guy. It grows on the ground, climbs, and sometimes as a shrub”.

“This is the plant that causes most of the misery since it grows on nearly every roadside, path, pond, stream, and beach from the Midwest through to the east coast.”

poison ivy always never chart

“Here is your basic chart of things you CAN count on with poison ivy. If you know that nothing with thorns or 5 leaves in a group can be poison ivy, you getting there.”

“If you live where this grows, and you plan to do more with your life than hide under the covers, you should learn to recognize this plant, in all seasons and growth forms.”

I have personally had very good results with Rhus Tox. However, in my research I found two videos, one from the Academy of Dermatology which describes what the symptoms are and the treatments for poison ivy rash.  The other video is about a gentleman that found a very commonsense way of not getting the rash from poison ivy even if your skin has been exposed to the toxin.  If you already have poison ivy or you will be around the plant, you are now armed (hopefully without a rash) with the knowledge of prevention and treatment.

 

Tips for treating poison ivy
Academy of Dermatology


 

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Quick Tip

If you have any of the following, go to the emergency room right away:

  • You have trouble breathing or swallowing.
  • The rash covers most of your body.
  • You have many rashes or blisters.
  • You experience swelling, especially if an eyelid swells shut.
  • The rash develops anywhere on your face or genitals.
  • Much of your skin itches, or nothing seems to ease the itch.

 

Bibliography:

“The Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac Site.” The Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 May 2016.

“Toxicodendron Radicans.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 03 May 2016.

“Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac.” American Academy of Dermatology. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 May 2016.


 

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