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How to Get Rid of Poison Ivy After Exposure

Updated on April 14, 2012

Poison Ivy (sucks)

What it is

Poison Ivy is a nasty plant that gives you itchy rashes and spreads when you scratch it. Period.

Do you really care about the technical stuff? Okay, for those who do, continue reading, for those who just want the rash and itch gone scroll down. :-)

  • Urushiol is the active ingredient that causes the rash.
  • Just like Kudzu (another annoying plant used for ground cover along highways because the cows didn't want to eat it) it has origins from Japan. Urushi means lacquer in Japanese.
  • 1/4 ounce of urushiol is all that is needed to cause a rash in every person on earth. (So your friends who say "I'm not allergic to Poison Ivy" well, yeah they are, but they just probably have never been exposed to enough to cause a rash as everyone's tolerance is a bit different, even ONE BILLIONTH of an ounce can cause a rash in some people.
  • Isn't this interesting?? (as you itch and scratch....wondering when you'll see the solution.

Ugh! It's like a poisonous weed, it grows everywhere....

It's Everywhere

We live in a nice rental home next to a farm with lots of woods around. It's great to listen to all of the song birds, hear the wind rustle in the trees, see deer and other animals come and go.

I typically don't go in the woods surrounding the house though because of all the poison ivy. Plus, there are nature trails and more interesting places to trek around if I am in the mood to go out and enjoy nature.

SO, HOW DO I GET POISON IVY 3-5 times every year???

How Did I Get it , When I Don't Go in the Woods????

Ahh HA!!! The contagion culprit

Oh.............*sigh..............that's how.

We have 8 cats, and a yellow lab and all of them don't follow my example of avoiding the woods. I tried explaining to Jack, our orange and white cat, that just because he doesn't have to deal with the aftermath of his little forest romps, I do. But like most cats, I am simply here for his pleasure and not the other way around. ":Deal with it" was the response I saw in his eyes.


The Solution.

Take it from someone who KNOWS.

Forget oatmeal, forget soap and water.....

Forget hair dryers, vinegar, jewel-weed (no offense to those who like this one), and the myriad of other home remedies. Go get some Tecnu.

Tecnu works AWESOME! I have used it many times and it is fast, effective, and can also be used to launder your clothes if necessary to get rid of additional oils. It's not expensive and can be found at just about any Walgreen's, CVS, etc...

Just follow the directions on the box. That's it. Instant relief and it gets rid of the rash very quickly. I Promise!


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    • Barbara Kay profile image

      Barbara Badder 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the info. I am going to get some of this stuff.

    • DanaTeresa profile image

      Dana Strang 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Boy do I wish I knew about htis years ago when I was doing wildlife research in Virginia. I spent every summer covered in poison ivy. I swear I look at the stuff and break out. I can touch soemthing that touched poison ivy and get it. That Urushiol is nasty stuff. It can stay on things and active for years!.... THANKS FOR THE RECCOMENDATION. Now I know what to try next time I get it. Though not having a next time would be my first choice :)


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