4.21.2010

(i'm sorry if you are) poison ivy experts - help

The lilac bouquets are long gone, but the poison Ivy is lingering on.

And on.

And on.

It started as a few lines and splotches on my left arm but now encompasses the whole thing.  It spread to my other arm, my chest (this may be the worst area), my thigh, and is beginning to show up on my (already itchy) pregnant stomach.  I'm not sure why the rash is still spreading a week later, but it is. 

The funny thing is that I have never reacted to poison Ivy before.  This is new territory for me. I had been exposed many times, but never ever reacted. I was barely exposed this time (we found a dead vine I must have somehow brushed against) and am reacting like the world's most allergic person.  I'm chalking it up to "weird pregnancy stuff" because I can.

I am extremely uncomfortable, and... this is where you come in.

I would love any advice you have to offer.

Any.

Any ideas on how to make it heal faster or at the very least stop itching so horribly that I wake up every two hours feeling I am covered in fire ants?

My husband has had it a zillion times, but his advice is to wait it out, that's what he does.  (Thanks Luke.)

In the meantime I am kind of literally on pins and needles waiting for some relief.

24 comments:

  1. you can go to the doctor and get a cortizone shot - that's what my husband has to do. If he even looks at poison ivy on the side of the road from the car - he gets a rash

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  2. Tea tree oil will relieve the itching. Get well soon!

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  3. Brandy - I forgot to mention that I can't do any cortisone stuff because I am pregnant

    One Love Mama - Thank you! I have some TTO I use in the wash, but one of my arms burns more than itches now and I'm a little scared the oil would sting? Maybe I will try a little and see how it feels?

    Thank you both... keep the suggestions coming!

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  4. Like Jessis said - Sarna lotion is good. Also Tecnu helps get rid of the oil. Can you take Benadryl while you're pregs? Helps the itching.

    Sounds miserable. Sorry, lady.

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  5. We use calamine lotion to soothe the itch... the pink chalky stuff? But they have it in clear now.

    I hope it goes away soon!

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  6. I was gonna suggest sarna lotion too. <3

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  7. Oh no! Erin. I am sorry for you that I don't know anything whatsoever about poison ivy stuff - I'm not sorry for me that I am blissfully unaware at this point, though. I hope you get the relief you need soon!

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  8. These are great suggestions! I'm off to find this sarna lotion stuff. Thank you all so much. My rash is bright red and getting puffy. I am a sight to behold. I will never steal lilacs again.

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  9. Also - your blog looks soooooo great!!

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  10. When we get it we pour the liquid Benadryl on and let it dry and leave it.

    Air is blocked so it doesn't itch and in a day or so it's cleared up!

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  11. Oh no! Sorry lady. I hope you found this magical sarna lotion.

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  12. I'm sorry I bare no advice, but I come with compliments about how beautiful your blog looks. Love the new picture and background!
    Hope the itching goes away. Very soon.
    And thank you so much for praying for my dad.

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  13. Did you try a little spray on deodorant w/ aluminum? It can dry out the itch really fast. Its worked in our house a few times. Best of luck! Yuck-o!

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  14. Erin, this is off-topic, but I just wanted to tell you how pretty swonderland looks! I don't know how long it's been this way but when the page loaded just now, I said, "Oh!" out loud because it's just so pretty.

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  15. I've never had poison ivy, but I can say that I've been praying for you like crazy since I first read this. Ick!!!!

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  16. Baking Soda, Oatmeal, and Vinegar!

    You can make a paste of baking soda & vinegar that will smell absolutely disgusting but help relieve the itching. You can also smear on cooked (and cooled) oatmeal (make it thicker than you would if you were eating it) and let it dry on your skin - add baking soda to it for extra itch relief.

    Also, an oatmeal bath will help soothe the skin. You can buy the Aveeno oatmeal bath, but if you have whole oats, grind it into a powder with a cusinart & pour into a warm bath. Again, add baking soda for extra relief.

    These work for any skin itchiness, not only Poison Ivy. I've had great success using these treatments for sunburns.

    I have also heard that smearing honey or the inside of a banana peel on your rash will help soothe Poison Ivy rashes.

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  17. Just in case you didn't know, the oil remains on the clothes. And it spreads in hot water (like in the wash). Are you still wearing the clothes from that day? You can keep giving it back to yourself over and over that way....

    good luck! it sounds awful. :(

    elizabeth

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  18. you know what, I've never had it. But praying that you get rid of it quickly.

    BTW - wanna hang out next week? We need to like, meet.

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  19. Oh. no! I hope you get some relief soon. How rotten to be pregnant and have poison ivy. I've heard of a poison ivy soap. I think I've seen it at all natural stores, but that's all I've got. I've never had poison ivy, and I've tromped through it barefoot oh so many times. I hear, though, that the more you're exposed the more likely you are to react. Ugh. I should wear shoes.

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  20. Oh no! So sorry to hear it! I've never been exposed so I have no advice, but I hope you find relief...FAST!

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  21. An oatmeal bath will probably work wonders! I got a nasty case of poison oak two summers ago (my cat had it on her when she came in and rubbed the oils on me when she was saying hi) and nothing felt better than soaking in the tub!

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  22. God, I hope that you are feeling better. When I was pregnant I had a HORRIBLE case of the "itchies" and really thought about inducing labor. I was itchy because of the hormones. Nothing saved me then. It was JUST PURE HELL.

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