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7/2/11 1:40 P

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sounds easy! I do not have a supply of jewel weed near me.... so you will have to let us know how it turns out!



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You so rock! Thank you for looking that up for me!

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GREBJACK I did not know this about Jewel Weed.. I also found this on a search for your soap.


www.ehow.com/how_5244690_make-jewelw
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d-soap.html




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I also have used jewelweed just straight from the plant stem - it seems to work for me, but I don't seem to have bad reactions to poison ivy anywa. TLEVENTER, I would love to have jewelweed soap. If you do get around to making it, please consider selling it or sharing the recipe.

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6/18/11 10:46 A

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I am not that allergic. When I get it I use aveeno soap and cream. When my sister gets it, she has to go the Dr. route with prednisone and etc. Look in to other plants that can cause these type of allergic reactions besides poison ivy.

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I just want to say "ditto" on thanks for the advice from others too....I also think it might be stinging nettle that got me too this time. I really didn't know what it was, but now that I've seen a picture of it, I realize I've got it all over the place.

I just moved to this area of the country (south east) a few summers ago and I'm still learning it's "hazards".

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The stinging nettle does look like a possibility!

Thanks for all the advice gang. It's a LITTLE better today.. but progress is slow. I'm doing calimine and taking an over the counter antihistimine. But every so often it still itches!




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CHRIS ~ That's for sure, we didn't learn all this stuff over night! More from the old school of ...... experience emoticon

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Oakanog. ...... Mom's do know best! Lol!



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Below is a picture link of a weed called Stinging nettle plant. Maybe you came in contact with Stinging Nettle, it is the time of year it is infull bloom!!
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinging_nettl
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The most economical solution as CHRISBONDI mentioned calamine lotion. Poison ivy, Nettles and cedar itch, mix corn starch and water, to a paste consistency and apply to infected area, this eases the itch and reduces swelling.

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If you can find it (out in the woods, typically in a damp location), pick some jewelweed. Put a bunch in water and boil. Strain the plant out of the water and fill ice cube trays with the remaining liquid. Not only is the jewelweed a natural anti-itch (you can rub broken plant stem "juice" on P.I. blisters to help with itching), but putting it in ice cube form helps give you a cool feeling as well. I'm lucky that I have a huge supply of it in the woods next to my farm. I keep thinking I need to make some soap out of it.

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This is what one of my herbals recommends for poison ivy, don't know if any of these will help:

Vitamin C (up to 3000 mg) & tablets of pantothenic acid will help reduce the swelling.

Aloe vera - apply plant juice from the inside of the leaf directly on the blisters.

Goldenseal - make a thick paste or lotion from the powdered root & apply it with our without apple cider vinegar to help contain the spread of the poison on the skin & relieve itching.

Oatmeal - add Aveeno to bathwater and also use as a paste on the blisters. Regular oatmeal can be blended into little particles and used the same way.

Vinegar - apple cider vinegar washes, splashes & baths will help relieve itching.

I have also heard witch hazel can help with the itching.

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I'm not allergic to it, but when we were kids my mom used corn starch or Calamine lotion. Hope you feel better soon! emoticon



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I'm going to comment about spreading the rash to others....I specifically asked the doctor about that. The rash can't be spread from person as long as you have washed all the oil off yourself.

That reminds me...it's easy to get a poison ivy rash from our pets. Dogs romping in the ivy can have the oil on their fur and pass it to their owners when they get petted.

If I have any inkling that I've been near poison ivy, I take my clothes off by the washing machine and toss them right in for a wash....I typically take a cool shower and wash with mild soap right after doing any weeding etc just to be safe. Obviously, I must not have done that one day last week.


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I'm lucky in that I don't get a bad rash when exposed, but enough of one to be itchy. In the past I have used Technu on any skin that was exposed after working in the yard. That usually keeps the rash at bay for me, but if it doesn't I have found that drying out the rash by swimming in the ocean or a pool helps. I can usually cut the rash from 2 weeks to 1 this way. If you're not near salt water, perhaps a soak in epsom salts might help?

I have heard that it's possible to spread the rash to others via a swimming pool or jacuzzi, but I don't know if that's true or not (the oil gets into the water and comes in contact with other's skin).

Good luck. I hope you find something to give you some relief.

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I'm really allergic to poison ivy and have gone to the doctor several times with bad cases of it. There is a LOT of it in my part of the country so docs at walk-in clinics are very familiar with it. Here are things I've learned from the docs.... After you get it....keep your skin cool. Although a warm shower can feel good temporarily, it actually makes the itching worse afterward. Also scratching is bad....it won't spread the poison ivy, just increase the chance of infection. Taking an over the counter oral antihistimine is good to do. The doctor always prescribes a course of prednisone (an oral steroid) and topical steroid cream. Both are actually very cheap but require a prescription. There are lower dose topical steroids that are available over the counter.

I actually have a case of poison ivy right now too, but it's not so bad that I had to go to the doctor this time. I still have some of the prescription topical cream (fluocinionide 0.05%) from my last close encounter with poison ivy, so I'm just using that again. I can empathize with your situation.

Bottom line, keep skin cool (try not to sweat), take antihistimes orally and use a topical steroid cream on it. If it's really bad, a visit to a walk-in clinic to get a course of oral steroids (prednisone) will make unbearable itching bearable in just a few hours (and make recovery time much, much shorter).

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Anyone? I've tried two different over the counter things (one of which cost $30!) and I still have a huge rash across my chest :( The worst part is I can't find the offending plants anywhere, so I can't keep the kids away from them. Fortunately I'm the only one with it tho.. so far. But it ITCHES!!




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