Post # 1
The last thing I ever thought could affect my wedding was poison ivy. Our wedding is in 2 1/2 weeks and I have huge red blisters all over my arms. Have been trying everything to get rid of it since last Thursday when I got it… course of doctor prescribed oral steroids (Prednisone), diphenhydramine antihistamine pills (Benadryl), colloidial oatmeal baths (Aveno), acetic acid/aluminum acetate (Domeboro) astringent soaks, calamine lotion, and hydrocortisone cream. Have even dipped into other suggested methods such as Fels-Naptha and Palmolive washes to help dry up the affected areas.
These last couple of weeks leading up to the wedding were supposed to be exciting… now I’m really down about everything. My pre-wedding spa day will have to be cancelled, my final dress fitting will have to be last minute, and I don’t even know whether my skin will heal in time for the wedding : ( Any advice bees?
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2015 - Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
If it was last thursday you got it I’m sure you’ve washed the oils off your skin by now. Make sure you stay away from the stuff and the clothes you were wearing when you were exposed.
It sounds like you’ve tried a lot. :/ The prednisone should help- but it also makes you bloat, so keep that in mind.
Maybe you should take a break and try to let your skin heal itself. You don’t want to bombard your skin and then have another reaction from something different your skin has never been exposed to before.
I know it’s hard to not freak out, but 2.5 weeks is a lot of time. (Google says most heal in 5-12 days.) Give it a few days and see what happens. Maybe take pictures so you can see progress? If still nothing then call your doctor back and talk to a pharmacist. 🙂
If worst comes to worst, they can photoshop it out, no problem. Don’t worry!! 🙂
Post # 3
I had a REALLY bad case of poison ivy on my hands and feet at 32 weeks pregnant, which meant I couldn’t do any steroids or anything. It looked awful for about a week and itched for two, but you should absolutely be good by the week of your wedding! I bet in another few days you’ll notice a big difference in the appearance. In terms of things that helped me- HOT water. It itches like crazy for 30 seconds, but then it helps keep it from itching for a few hours afterwards. I also made a paste of baking soda and water and let it sit on there for 20 minutes or so. Both of those definitely helped! Good luck!
Post # 4
Stop doing everything you are doing. Use cool water to bath in, frangrance free body wash with a soft cloth, use the doctor’s steriods and then use a calming cortisone cream or body cream like Aveeno.
The old saying of too much of a good thing is not a good thing applies here. You could be making the situation worse by using all of this stuff at once which could be causing additional issues or stress on your skin. I have bad reactions to poison ivy as well and very sensitive skin to bug bites/eczema.
Worst case scenario is to make an appointment with a dermatologist. They may be able to prescribe something topical stronger than an OTC cortison.
Take the spa day but have them stay away from your arms. Get the massage everywhere else. Stress causes this situation to be worse. They can spend more time on your neck/scalp/feet. Do the fitting earlier in case you need to have sleeves added or if they can be added.
Best of luck!
Post # 5
My dad had poision ivy recently and he used a product called, “Ivarest.” He found it at CVS and I’ve also located it at a Walgreens. It works great. I hope your skin clears up in time! Don’t let it ruin your day!