Post # 17
Luckily for me, the bit on my face is more or less gone. I don’t know how I got so lucky with my face. My main concerns right now are my neck (it’s still VERY red, itchy and splotchy) and my ring finger is not doing so well right now. It’s day # 5 with the poison ivy… no remarkable progress yet, except for on my face.
My swollen, itchy fingers are crossed!
Post # 18
I don’t know, but I hope you feel better soon. I’m sure it will all clear up with pleanty of time before your wedding.
Post # 19
Steroid injection will clear it right up. Make sure to get it in your rump and not your arm. Your arm = most excrutiating pain you will ever experience. Avoid the steroid pills. Pills = rapid weight gain = bad bad bad.
For the itching in the mean time. Take super hot showers. It feels so good on the poison ivy you wont even believe it.
I have to get this frequently. I am super allergic to poinson ivy.
Post # 21
Update: Thanks everyone for your support and advice! The bits that I was most concerned about: my face, my ring finger / left hand, and my neck has cleared up beautifully! On the other hand, I don’t think I can come out on my wedding day without the effects of having scratched in my sleep.
Even though the blisters are gone for the most part, and I’m not miserable by way of scratching, my arms still have discolored marks that are quite noticable. It’s ok, I’m ok with that. I can cover it up with make up at this point, but I’m having a sheer sleeve added to my wedding dress to make sure the focal point won’t be my ivy scars. I’ll try adding some cocoa butter each night to my skin regiment, but I know my body. It’s not going to fade by the time the 30th rolls around. I’m just so happy it’s not itchy any longer!
My fiancee on the other hand, got it all over his arms and stomach. While he can cover up on the wedding day with his shirt, he has been miserable. I stuck it out sans steroids, but he hasn’t been so lucky. But it’s been cool watching how fast his has cleared up though, but he hates that he’s gained 5 lbs in a week. I wasn’t willing to do that when compared to him, my ivy wasn’t nearly as bad. Poor guy. But we’re both on the mend.
Thanks everyone, for your help and support! 🙂
Post # 22
Ask your pharmacist for a suggestion on what to use. At the pharmacy near my home the makes a spray or lotion that has helped my mother a lot. It would be best to find a Pharmacy that makes their own creams and what have you; They are generally small, local businesses. The stuff my mom and I used cleared it up in two weeks.