I got into some poison ivy. I react very strongly to it. Its covering boths arms, hands, neck, AND face. Its even on my ears. ANy suggestions? I will probably have to go get steriod shots for it..... I am already taking hot showers.
The only thing that has ever helped me is to wash the affected area with hot water for no more than 15 seconds and let it air dry. Do that every time it itches which for a day or two will be every 1/2 hour or so and then will start to dry out and the itching will wane after that.<br><br>
I forgot, again take the SA in large doses to counteract the poison.
I don't know if this will help you since you already have it so badly, but I currently also have it (on my face) and have been using calendula cream and recently started tree tea oil with olive oil (1 tsp to 2 tbls). If it gets too close to my eyes I'm going to seriously consider steroids (but I'm nursing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ) since that's what I've need previously. Poison Ivy and I don't get along! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I've read that fresh jewelweed juice would also really help. Of course I happen to be fresh out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I've heard that Tecnu and Zan something (really expensive but is supposed to work well) are also good.<br><br>
Hope you get relief soon.
I am nursing too, but I got the shot this morning. There was no way around it. My eyes were swelling so badly I couldn't see very well. The swelling is starting to go down in my face, but no where else seems to be better yet.