(Closed) Has anyone ever had poison ivy?!

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@AutumnMrs:  Wash with the yellow DIAL antibacterial soap to break up the oil. You could try dishsoap too.

I literally get it on the wind – Yes, its possible. I get it at least once a year.

Hopefully if you wash the oil off fast enough you wont catch anything…

EDIT: It usually takes 24 hours or so for any bumps to appear. – With your story though its truly possible you didn’t even get any on you 🙂

Post # 5
4415 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve gotten poison ivy roughly 1 billion times before. Frequently terrible awful poison ivy.

Definitely wash with good soapy soap — dish soap works great. What did you touch your dog with, and did you wash those parts in the shower? If you just touched him with your hands, then even the shampoo you use in the shower would have taken the oil off you. If it got all over your legs, say, and you didn’t soap those, then the water would unfortunately just spread the oil around.

If you did get PI, you’ll start to itch within about a day, as PP said. It would start out very mild and then would get progressively worse, depending on the exposure. But there are plenty of topical treatments that are probably totally preggo-safe — you’d just have to stay away from the steroids and whatnot that are used to treat it internally. I’ve treated PI topically every time I had it, and while it sucks, it will be mostly gone within a week. Hope it all works out!

Post # 6
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@AutumnMrs:  I don’t really react to it.  I would say that if you don’t have a reaction within 12-24 hours, you’re in the clear.  That said, calamine and benadryl are both approved poison ivy treatments for pregnant women.

Post # 7
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@AutumnMrs:  Yep – had a year where I never even got out of the car in a wooded area, I didn’t wank any trails, it wasn’t growing in the yard – I never saw a plant anywhere and I still got it.

I have a few scars on my feet from it. And let me tell you that I happened to get it in accelerated ways when I was younger and I was covered in all the most terrible ways you could imagine. Head to toe wouldn’t even give you a visual of how horrific it got.

Fortunately, most people aren’t that allergic and some people don’t have the reaction at all. My stepdad and I had years we would pass it back and forth to eachother while my brothers and sisters and my mom never seen a single bump.

Maybe you aren’t even allergic OP…

Post # 8
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would apply Technu just to be sure. It dissolves the oils before they cause a rash. You can find it by the other anti-tich/calamine stuff. The nstuff is amazing. I’m an ecologist so I’m always near poison ivy  and can’t always avoid it. This stuff works wonders.


Post # 9
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@suburbian:  You sound like me!  I don’t think I get it quite as easily as you but when I do get it, it instantly spreads everywhere, covering me from head to toe.  I always have to go get steroid shots and the doctors get worried about my throat swelling shut.  I’ve had times where my face is so swollen that I can barely open my eyes.  I HATE poison ivy!

OP – Based on the situation you outlined, I doubt you’d get poison ivy.  But if you have, you’ll start getting red and itchy within 24 hours.

Post # 11
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@suburbian:  I get it without touching the plant too! I am HIGHLY susceptible, and almost always have to go on steroids when I get it. Last year the rash was on my freaking FACE. When I was a kid, I had an eye swollen shut with poison ivy once. Some of us are just lucky like that, sigh.

Post # 14
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have heard that washing with soap is even more effective if done with cold water instead of hot (seems counter-intuitive!) The hot water will open your pores up making you MORE susceptible!

Post # 15
1420 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I’ve had it and it sucks.  But I found that if I touch it and shower in a few hours after touching it, it doesn’t give me that itchy rash.  I’ve also scrubbed all over in the shower when I had PI and it enver spread much past the original rash site (maybe an inch at most).

Post # 16
146 posts
Blushing bee

I stepped on poison ivy once, barefoot. Broke out in an immediate reaction (like 10-15 minutes) washed the area and put on calamine and was okay. This was in south america where the calamine cost a fortune, but it was my uncles fault, HE PUT POISON IVY ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE and I was an innocent eight year old running around. Ironically my name is Ivy… and Poison Ivy was the name kids used to tease me with. hahaha But calamine and benadryl will work wonders!

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