Post # 1
I’m writing in the emotional board because I’m angry.
While doing some yard work to clear off a patch of wayward weeds, I stumbled into the poison ivy. I was trying so hard to avoid it, but I lost my balance, and in I went. Despite my immediate shower, I’ve got it all over my arms, my neck, and even my face. It’s even inside of my nostrils.
I don’t even really know how to manage it. I’m so itchy! But worse still, I keep thinking about my wedding pictures. Will it have cleared up by then? How do you speed it along? Help? Encouragement? Anything?
Post # 3
It should be cleared up by then! Calamine lotion and oatmeal baths help. Try not to scratch it open. It’ll be OK!
Post # 4
There is a poison ivy wash that washes out the oils from the affected area. You can get them at most drug stores. Its a little pricey but it will help. Then I would do the calamine lotions and oatmeal baths.
Post # 5
Oh no!!! Don’t worry, it should clear up in the next month (at least the last time I got poision ivy it was gone in a month). Try benadryl or 1% hydrocortisone cream for the itchiness, or if it’s REALLY bad you can go to an allergist or GP and see if they recommend a short course of oral prednisone. And yea definitely don’t scratch it bc you can spread it to unaffected skin areas that way! Good luck!!!
Post # 6
I got poison ivy on my face a month before my wedding from planting seeds in store bought dirt. It was so itchy and my face swelled up. I went to an urgent care center where they gave me a steriod shot and pills to take and I bought an over the counter cream. Once starting them, it really went down, and the cream helped. I looked so much better after a few days!
(I can PM you a picture of how bad it was before treament, if need be!)
Post # 7
I got into a it last summer and tried a million things… Calagel from CVS is what worked the best for me. Along with Aveno baths. When you use the calagel though, don’t rub it in…use like a cotton ball and dab it around so you don’t spread it around.
Sooo Sorry this happen it sucks!!! but you’ll be good to go by the wedding!
Post # 8
I hope so! The worst part is where I must have inhaled it, because like I said, it’s on the inside of my nostrils. That’s the most peculiar thing. It doesn’t itch in that part, it’s more painful than anything, and I can tell it’s swollen.
How does one do an oatmeal bath? of course, I will google it, but google only goes so far. What have your personal experiences been with using oatmeal?
Post # 9
Haha… also, I had my hair and make-up trial yesterday. It was so embarrassing telling the make up lady what I’d done to myself. She asked me if I had psoraiasis or something of that nature. Nope. I’m just an idiot. 🙂
Post # 10
I had it TERRIBLY on my whole arm last fall. I went to a dermatologist (long story, I had never had it before and apparently the first time you get it there’s a 10 day incubation period, so that explained why I couldn’t figure outwhat it was or where it came from…). He gave me some sort of steroid cream and it was gone in a week!
Post # 11
I think maybe I’ll break down and head off to the clinic. I can tolerate my limbs, but on my face is a little intrusive. If the creams are as fast acting as you say, why the hell not? 🙂
Post # 12
Get a prescription cortisone cream. Avoid taking prednisone, it might clear up the poison ivy, but the moon face and other side effects probably aren’t worth it.
If you do get a cortisone cream, stay out of the sun, you’ll burn faster.
Use an old pair of pantyhose for the oatmeal bath, cut a leg off, fill it with oatmeal and tie it off. You can press it right onto bad areas. I doubt it will help things clear up faster, but it will at least make you feel better!
Post # 13
@AB Bride: Thank you so much. The doctor did give me prednisone, but only as a ‘last resort’ if I get terribly miserable. I may try the oatmeal bath. Right now I disgust myself. I hate looking at all these blisters. The worst is on my ring finger actually; I hope that clears up before the wedding, because I know how photographers love focusing on hands and rings. Man, I totally feel like biblical Job right now.
Post # 14
@StuporDuck: I had poison ivy on my face by my eyes/shoulders/arms right before my wedding last year and I had to get a triamcinolone shot and prednisone tablets. Steroids work wonders!
@AB Bride: There are short and long term side effects of steroids. Moon face typically occurs after a long period of steroid therapy (ex. daily steroid use for rheumatoid arthritis). More typical short term side effects can include insomnia and fluid retention, and are often dose dependent.
Post # 15
Oh no! But don’t worry, it should be cleared up long before your wedding.
I’m severely allergic to poison ivy (like if I touch it with my hand, it will cover my whole body, my throat swells, etc). Whenever I do get it, I HAVE to go get a steroid shot and really closely monitor my airways to ensure they don’t swell too much. Despite the fact that I get it WAY worse than most people, it is typically cleared within 2-2.5 weeks tops.
Post # 16
a month should be more then enough time for it to clear up just be very careful not to scratch your face or anything so you dont scar.you need to be careful what you put on your face because you dont want it to clog your pores and have to deal with a major zit breakout for our wedding when I used to get poison ivy as a kid I was told to put rubbing alcohol on it to dry it out and it did work but you will have dry skin so you need lotion rubbing alcohol and calamine lotion did the trick for me but I am not sure if calamine will clog your poors if your worried about that try googling home remedies and see if you find something better for your face, I hope you feel better soon