Poison Ivy Relief

poisonivyIn July of this year, my family took a wonderful extended family vacation to Playa Del Carmen.  We stayed at an all-inclusive resort that was surrounded by a beautiful nature park.  What a wonderful way to spend quality time with the entire family.  We got to enjoy each other’s company and just relax.

Being the fitness “freak” that I am and the fact that I am training for a half marathon, I had decided to run on the trail through the nature park while on vacation.  I am the type of person that if something is written down on my schedule, there is no excuse not to do it.  It was amazingly beautiful and humid.  The day after my first morning run, I noticed a small rash starting to form on the inside of my wrist.  Since I was in Mexico and didn’t have access to good old American medicine, I just let it go until we got home.  That was my first mistake.

Once we got back to the states, I got started on a steroid patch to help clear up the Mexican poison ivy but unfortunately that does not get rid of the itch.  After inquiring on several social media outlets (Pinterst, Facebook, and Instagram) and googling poison ivy home remedies, I came to the realization that everybody has a GUARANTEED remedy that works to get rid of the itch.

I was willing to try anything to get rid of the itch (well almost anything).  Several people online talked about applying bleach to the poison ivy spots, I just could not make myself do that.  Here are just a few of the things that I tried and my reviews:

  1. Aveeno Oatmeal bath.  This felt very soothing, but did not get rid of the itch once I was out of the bath.
  2. Baking soda and water paste.  This was very cool to the skin and felt good, but I couldn’t do anything at all while it was drying and then once it was dry it was a flaky mess.
  3. Toothpaste and water paste.  This was similar to the baking soda and it just made a big mess.
  4. Clear finger nail polish.  I tried this on one tiny spot and it dried it up but also left my skin very dry and flaky.

So after 2 days of no sleep and non stop itching, I finally found something that worked:

Burt’s Bees Poison Ivy Soap & Cortizone 10 Quick Shot spray.  These 2 together made all the difference for me.  About 3- 4 times per day, I would scrub the spots with the soap and then rinse off.  Then I would apply the spray.  The Cortizone 10 spray stings just a little when you first spray it on, but then it is cool and dries quickly and clear on your skin.  You can go about your daily functions.

Both of these items were a little hard to find and the Cortizone spray is a tiny little bottle, but I plan on stocking up on both of these for my next poison ivy emergency :)




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