(Closed) Poison Ivy… A month before the wedding.

posted 9 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
36 posts
  • Wedding: January 2012

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 # 10
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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 # 12
10635 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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 # 14
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@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! 

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@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
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
858 posts
Busy bee

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

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