SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – Online Exclusive

How to Treat Poison Ivy

Beat the itchy stuff with creams or homeopathic measures.

by: The Backpacker Editors


I'm one of the 15 percent of Americans who are exquisitely sensitive to poison ivy. So sensitive, in fact, that I often dream of those "leaves of three" and wake up itching and scratching. When I'm actually stricken with poison ivy, the itching is so intolerable that I'm in no mood to talk, hike, or carry a pack. Fortunately, years of anti-itch experimentation and my training as a physician have helped me find the most effective treatments. Here's what I keep in my first-aid kit to battle the itchiest rash known to medical science.

Barrier creams. Try IvyBlock, Stokogard Outdoor Cream, Hollister Moisture Barrier, or Hydropel Moisture Barrier. These creams work by binding to the oil in poison ivy, oak, and sumac as you're hiking. When you wash off the cream, the irritating oil goes with it. If you're a sweaty hiker, reapply the cream every 3 to 4 hours.

Drying preparations. Calamine and Burow's solution dry the irritated skin so that a crust forms, and dried blisters itch less than moist ones. Reapply these remedies several times a day if you're sweating.

Anti-inflammatory steroids. These prescription drugs are the big guns in the war against poison ivy rashes. Prednisone can be soothing and may heal the rash if taken in high doses (120 mg a day for 2 days) within a few hours of when the rash starts. Although prednisone won't cure the rash if you wait a day or 2 before you start taking it, it will ease inflammation and itching, especially if the rash affects your face or genitals. Topical fluorinated steroid gels applied before blisters appear can also be helpful for individuals with mild to moderate poison ivy sensitivity. Discuss with your doctor which steroid is right for you. Pregnant women and children should not take steroids.


Return to the Backpacking 101 home page.

Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -

ALL READERS COMMENTS

mcm
Mar 27, 2014

http://www.burbagssale2013.com/ Burberry Outlet
http://www.cheaphollistersale.co.uk/ Cheap Hollister Clothes
http://www.coach-blackfriday.com/ Coach Black Friday
http://www.coach-blackfriday2013.com/ Coach Black Friday 2013
http://www.coach-cybermonday.com/ Coach Cyber Monday
http://www.coach-factoryy.com/ Coach Factory
http://www.coach-outletfactory.com/ Coach Outlet Factory
http://www.coach-outletusa.com/ Coach Outlet USA
http://www.coach-pursesfactory.com/ Coach Purses Factory
http://www.coachpurseusa.com/ Coach Purses USA
http://www.coach-storeoutlet.com/ Coach Store Outlet
http://www.coachxpursesonsale.com/ Coach Purses On Sale
http://www.discountbeatsbydresale.com/ Monster Beats Outlet
http://www.louis-vuittonblackfriday.com/ Louis Vuitton Outlet
http://www.lv-guccishoesfactory.com/ Louis Vuitton Factory
http://www.marcjacobsonsale.com/ Marc Jacobs On Sale
http://www.mcmblackfriday.com/ MCM Outlet
http://www.mcmoutlet-jp.com/ MCM
http://www.michaelkors.so/ Michael Kors Outlet
http://www.michael-korsfactorystore.com/ Michael Kors Factory
http://www.michaelkorsoutletr.com/ Michael Kors Outlet
http://www.michaellkorsfactoryonline.com/ Michael Kors Factory Online
http://www.newcoachfactory.com/ Coach Factory Outlet
http://www.north-faceoutletonlines.net/ North Face Outlet Online
http://www.polo-outletstore.com/ Polo Outlet Store
http://www.ralphlaurenuker.com/ Ralph Lauren UK
http://www.saclongchamppairs.com/ Sac Longchamp Pairs
http://www.tcoachoutletonline.com/ Coach Outlet Online
http://www.the-coachfactoryoutlet.com/ Coach Factory Oultet
http://www.uggaustralia.cc/ Ugg Australia
http://www.barbour-jacketsoutlet.com/ Barbour Jackets Outlet Online
http://www.canada-gooser.com/ Canada Goose Outlet
http://www.guccishoes-factorys.com/ Gucci Outlet Online
http://www.michaelkorstates.com/ Michael Kors Outlet
http://www.moncler-clearance.com/ Moncler Clearance
http://www.moncler-jacketsoutletonline.com/ Moncler Jackets Outlet Online
http://www.northsclearance.com/ North Clearace Outlet
http://www.ralphxlaurenpolos.com/ Polo Ralph Lauren Outlet Online
http://www.woolrich-clearance.com/ Woolrich Clearance
http://www.cvshopfactory.com/ shop.coachfactory.com
http://www.mksfactoryoutlet.com/ Michael Kors Factory Outlet
http://www.zxcoachoutlet.com/ Coach Outlet Online USA
http://www.mischristmas.com/ Coach Factory Outlet Online
http://www.misblackfriday.com/ Black Friday
http://www.newoutletonlinemall.com/ Coach Purses Outlet Online
http://www.clickmichaelkors.com/ Michael Kors USA
http://www.cmichaelkorsoutlet.com/ Michael Kors Outlet USA
http://www.ralphlaurenepolo.com/ Ralph Lauren Polo

mcm
Mar 27, 2014

http://www.burbagssale2013.com/ Burberry Outlet
http://www.cheaphollistersale.co.uk/ Cheap Hollister Clothes
http://www.coach-blackfriday.com/ Coach Black Friday
http://www.coach-blackfriday2013.com/ Coach Black Friday 2013
http://www.coach-cybermonday.com/ Coach Cyber Monday
http://www.coach-factoryy.com/ Coach Factory
http://www.coach-outletfactory.com/ Coach Outlet Factory
http://www.coach-outletusa.com/ Coach Outlet USA
http://www.coach-pursesfactory.com/ Coach Purses Factory
http://www.coachpurseusa.com/ Coach Purses USA
http://www.coach-storeoutlet.com/ Coach Store Outlet
http://www.coachxpursesonsale.com/ Coach Purses On Sale
http://www.discountbeatsbydresale.com/ Monster Beats Outlet
http://www.louis-vuittonblackfriday.com/ Louis Vuitton Outlet
http://www.lv-guccishoesfactory.com/ Louis Vuitton Factory
http://www.marcjacobsonsale.com/ Marc Jacobs On Sale
http://www.mcmblackfriday.com/ MCM Outlet
http://www.mcmoutlet-jp.com/ MCM
http://www.michaelkors.so/ Michael Kors Outlet
http://www.michael-korsfactorystore.com/ Michael Kors Factory
http://www.michaelkorsoutletr.com/ Michael Kors Outlet
http://www.michaellkorsfactoryonline.com/ Michael Kors Factory Online
http://www.newcoachfactory.com/ Coach Factory Outlet
http://www.north-faceoutletonlines.net/ North Face Outlet Online
http://www.polo-outletstore.com/ Polo Outlet Store
http://www.ralphlaurenuker.com/ Ralph Lauren UK
http://www.saclongchamppairs.com/ Sac Longchamp Pairs
http://www.tcoachoutletonline.com/ Coach Outlet Online
http://www.the-coachfactoryoutlet.com/ Coach Factory Oultet
http://www.uggaustralia.cc/ Ugg Australia
http://www.barbour-jacketsoutlet.com/ Barbour Jackets Outlet Online
http://www.canada-gooser.com/ Canada Goose Outlet
http://www.guccishoes-factorys.com/ Gucci Outlet Online
http://www.michaelkorstates.com/ Michael Kors Outlet
http://www.moncler-clearance.com/ Moncler Clearance
http://www.moncler-jacketsoutletonline.com/ Moncler Jackets Outlet Online
http://www.northsclearance.com/ North Clearace Outlet
http://www.ralphxlaurenpolos.com/ Polo Ralph Lauren Outlet Online
http://www.woolrich-clearance.com/ Woolrich Clearance
http://www.cvshopfactory.com/ shop.coachfactory.com
http://www.mksfactoryoutlet.com/ Michael Kors Factory Outlet
http://www.zxcoachoutlet.com/ Coach Outlet Online USA
http://www.mischristmas.com/ Coach Factory Outlet Online
http://www.misblackfriday.com/ Black Friday
http://www.newoutletonlinemall.com/ Coach Purses Outlet Online
http://www.clickmichaelkors.com/ Michael Kors USA
http://www.cmichaelkorsoutlet.com/ Michael Kors Outlet USA
http://www.ralphlaurenepolo.com/ Ralph Lauren Polo

www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au
Mar 23, 2014

http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au nfl jersey cheap,
cheap elite nfl jerseys http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/Nike-NFL-Jerseys-c124/,
super bowl jersey sale http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/2014-Super-Bowl-Jerseys-c128/,
http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/NCAA-Jerseys-c114/ college ncaa jerseys cheap,
http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/MLB-Jerseys-c94/ cheap mlb jersey,
http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/Women-MLB-Jerseys-s517/ cheap dodgers jersey 2014 new,
nba jersey for cheap http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/NBA-Jerseys-c77/,
http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/Golden-State-Warriors-Jerseys-s514/
Warriors 30 curry Jersey cheap,
http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/Kids-NBA-Jerseys-s516/ cheap nba jerseys Australia,
cheap nhl jersey wholesale http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/NHL-Jerseys-c96/,
http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/Soccer-Jerseys-c118/ world cup jerseys discount,
http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/2014-World-Cup-Soccer-Jerseys-s749/ cheap world cup jersey,
world cup jerseys suit http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/Women-Soccer-Jerseys-s707/,
http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/Chicago-Blackhawks-Jerseys-s388/ Stadium Series NHL Jersey cheap, Chicago blackhawks jerseys sale,
throwback nfl jersey cheap http://www.nbajerseyswholesale.com.au/NFL-Jerseys-c68/ ,

cheap jordans
Dec 30, 2013

<a href="http://www.pickairjordansforcheap.com/">jordan shoes for cheap</a>
<a href="http://www.pickairjordansforcheap.com/air-jordan-13-retro-c-79.html">air jordan 13 retro</a>
<a href="http://www.pickairjordansforcheap.com/women-jordan-shoes-c-112.html">jordan shoes for women</a>
<a href="http://www.pickairjordansforcheap.com/">http://www.pickairjordansforcheap.com/</a>
<a href="http://www.pickairjordansforcheap.com/">cheap jordan shoes for sale</a>

scotth
Nov 29, 2013

I had poison oak SO BAD the other day and just used some Itch Juice to get rid of it.

Here's where I bought it: MyPoisonIvyTreatment.com

www.chinanfljerseysalecheap.com
Jun 02, 2013

cvbvbn

morejerseysshop
May 29, 2013

Cheap NFL Jerseys is the mainstream of our sales, Good customer service and top ... It is further shown that, wholesalers and distributors have Nike NFL Jersey ...
www.morejerseysshop.com

NFL jerseys cheap suppliers directory. Browse cheap NFL NIKE jerseys products,Choose Quality cheap NFL jerseys China manufacturers, suppliers, factory
http://www.morejerseysshop.com/wholesale/Nike-NFL-Jerseys-22_p1.html

over the china national football league jerseys, there are many opportunities as ... internet shops nike elite jerseys,cheap nfl jerseys nike,nike custom jerseys
http://www.morejerseysshop.com/wholesale/Nike-NFL-Limited-Jerseys-24_p1.html
Cheap cheap mlb jerseys usa,cheap mlb jerseys youth 2013,Cheap cheap mlb jerseys paypal China,Replica cheap mlb jerseys china China.
http://www.morejerseysshop.com/wholesale/NBA-Jerseys-23_p1.html

Now shop for cheap NFL jerseys and wholesale football jerseys online from ... Secure the ones finest wholesale NFL jerseys china bike NBA jerseys
http://www.morejerseysshop.com/wholesale/NHL-Jerseys-3_p1.html
cheap nhl jerseys china For Sale, wholesale nhl jerseys from china Wholesale, Replica wholesale nhl jerseys cheap China, Wholesale wholesale nhl jerseys ...

http://www.morejerseysshop.com/wholesale/MLB-Jerseys-2_p1.html

marc jacobs bags
May 28, 2013

Against AIDS Gala, but be warned: daydreaming is likely. http://www.marcjacobsbagsstore.com marc jacobs bags Those gauzy shirts and un-finished hems may not be available until Winter's wrath starts to wane, but you can get your paws on this up-and-comer's Autumn/Winter collection now. And in terms of staying cosy, the latter wins - hands down. Originally worn by sailors on the high sea, the hip-hugging classic features broad lapels and a chan luu-breasted front - but it can be tricked up with epaulettes, gold buttons, hoods and mid-thigh lengths. Whether you want to wear open to maximize your layering options or top-button to create a '60 inspired shell shape, this is one that is well worth investing in.A pair of fitness gloves like these, Sacre bleau! chan luu bracelet has done it. J.Lo is certainly no stranger to it. The 2013 Marc By Marc Jacobs Clutch Express Fashion Export Scholarship is looking for an emerging Australian label who has been exporting its designs no longer than four years. The recipient of the scholarship will receive $10,000 worth of international freight services, as well as a coveted one-on-one appointment with the buying team from Marc By Marc Jacobs - both http://www.voguecoachoutlet.com coach outlet online stepping stones to turning a local label into an internationally recognised brand. Our own Megan went commando at Cannes and heck!

www.nfljerseysalecheap.com
May 20, 2013

Cheap china jersey sale, china jersey cheap, new nfl jersey cheap, 2013 new nfl jersey sale, nfl jersey 2013, cheap baseball jerseys
http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com
baseball jersey for sale, cheap ncaa jersey, wholesale nba jerseys,wholesale nhl jerseys,discount nhl jerseys,
http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com/Nike-NFL-Jerseys-c124.html
nike nfl jersey wholesale ,new nfl jersey wholesale
http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com/MLB-Jerseys-c94.html
cheap mlb jersey, mlb jerseys cheap cheap nhl jersey
http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com/NBA-Jerseys-c77.html
wholesale mlb jerseys cheap nhl jerseys wholesale nhl jerseys, basketball jerseys cheap, nba jerseys for sale. college ncaa jerseys
http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com/NHL-Jerseys-c96.html
Australia basketball jerseys sale. Australia soccer jerseys cheap.
http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com/Soccer-Jerseys-c118.html

http://www.jerseycaptain.com
Apr 30, 2013

Wholesale nfl jerseys cheap,
http://www.jerseycaptain.com/
elite nike nfl jerseys for sale, wholesale nfl jerseys china ,
http://www.jerseycaptain.com/Nike-NFL-Jerseys-c125/
nike 49ers nfl Jerseys, super bowl nfl jerseys, wholesale nfl jerseys cheap,
http://www.jerseycaptain.com/MLB-Jerseys-c94/
cheap baseball Jerseys, 2012 world series San Francisco Giants Jerseys, mlb jerseys sale
http://www.jerseycaptain.com/NBA-Jerseys-c77/
cheap NBA Jerseys, Hardwood Classics NBA Jerseys, discount soccer jerseys, wholesale basketball jerseys,
http://www.jerseycaptain.com/NHL-Jerseys-c96/
cheap nhl jerseys, Australia basketball jerseys. Australia soccer jerseys

Bill
Sep 26, 2012

To stop the itch for a while, use a hair dry on the area.

Anonymus
Jul 09, 2012

Yikes Bill. It's amazing how rude we can be to others in online forums. Like homeopathy or not, Pat's definition of homeopathy is correct, look it up. It's a practiced kind of "medicine" with a set definition that is not that same as a home remedy. But even if he was completely wrong, you don't have to berate him like that.

From Creighton University Medical Center
http://altmed.creighton.edu/Homeopathy/philosophical.htm
click on Dilutuion

amy adams
May 29, 2012

try bleach water

Shelby
May 29, 2012

my p i is really bad need help it started on the side of my stomach and stretched every were except for my face and the bottom of my leg i tried bleach water and calamine lotion any other things besides the things u said

Shelby
May 29, 2012

agreed who said u knew

Old Scouting Bear
May 14, 2012

When the Red Cross sent us out to provide free first aid services, they put Calamine Lotion in the med-kits.
I asked them "Why only that?"
Their answer was that "Some people are allergic" to some of the stronger preparations. If you are treating others, please keep that in mind.
For me, the FIRST thing I do If I think I have been exposed is to thoroughly wash that area as soon as possible with a STRONG laundry soap (like those old brown lye-soap bars such as "Octagon.") --- I don't even know if you can get that brand anymore.)
The preparations I find to be helpful, and a bit stronger than "Caladryl" are, "Zeradryl", and "Ivy Dry." They are all drying agents.
You might want to consider "Benadryl," but check with your doctor first, as this is an antihistamine that you will be swallowing.
Something else to keep in mind if you don't want to get poison ivy in the first place:
1. Goats eat it with impunity. Don't go petting any goats where that stuff grows. ;)
2. For that matter, the oils from the plant can easily rub off onto the coat of your favorite pet.
3. Lastly, NEVER, NEVER use any dry vines as kindling to start your fires, and NEVER clear an area of poison ivy by trying to burn it! The oils in the plant that cause the rash ARE NOT destroyed by burning. The smoke from this plant can get in your eyes, in your mouth and nasal passages, and down into your lungs. If it gets into your airway, it could swell and close off! Even without that extreme reaction, it's probably "to the hospital" for you.

Anonymous
Apr 11, 2012

Bill
Apr 06, 2012

Pat, I don't know what source you got you definition or opinion of homeopathy from, but you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Your useless comment shows a lack of understanding of natural and modern medicine alike. Just go get a steroid shot and let everyone use the method that works best for them.

Mariann
Apr 05, 2012

Ya know something?? I don't care whether it's homeopathic or not, if this helps our family, who are in the throes of this evil nemesis, I applaud the writer!!!! :o)

Ken
Mar 12, 2012

My Grandmother use to dab bleach on poison ivy when we had it as kids... burned like heck and smelled too.. but in 3 days it was dried up....

I`m 60 and still use it... but now I`m so sensitive to where P.ivy is that when I think I brushed it and get that tell tale tingling itch --- the first thing I do is put cold water on it immediately to wash off the oil.... than soap and cold water... you never want to use warm cause that opens the pores on the skin and lets the oil in... If I should later break out with a rash --- I get out the good old Bleach/Chlorax... and dab it on... 3 days and it`s dried up....

but do the cold water first as soon as you touch it to eliminate the need for the bleach...

Poison Ivy --- Hate that stuff... .it`s like an alien life form out there trying to get us... LOL..

Pat
Feb 27, 2012

None of the things listed under homeopathic methods are homeopathic methods. They may be natural, or home remedies but not homeopathy.

Pat
Feb 26, 2012

I find it very strange that the writer of this article claims to be a physician, yet he doesn't know what a homeopathic treatment is. Homeopathic medicine is quackery in which a substance, thought to cure the symptoms, is diluted in water until it is virtually absent. This diluted water is the homeopathic medicine. None of the things listed under homeopathic methods in this article are homeopathic treatments. If you want to call them 'home remedies', or 'natural cures' fine, but don't confuse people about what homeopathy is.

Susan
Aug 06, 2011

The best way to cure it is with topical steriod creams or ointments. You can buy up to 1% hydrocortizone ointment (ointments are more effective than creams) over the counter, but you'll need to go to the doctor for a higher dose. Our doctor perscribed "Trac" cream or Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream for my kids and it has worked the best - we've also tried every cream under the sun! It clears up the itching right away and decreased the rash a lot in just a couple of days.

Connie
Jul 29, 2011

I found a cream that is tea trea oil and vitamin E. It really releaves the itch, and works a long time, however it is not a drying substance. If you want to get some sleep try that.

Carol
Jul 23, 2011

My son Matt is going to the Junior Olympics 7-30-11. He has poison ivy. Is there a remedy that is super fast, & inexpensive? He only has 6 days to heal. Please help! Thanks

Andrea
Jul 08, 2011

It is also a good idea to wear scrubs when walking in the shrubs... They are lightweight so not so awfully hot in the summertime. This is what I usually do when picking berries... forgot to do it last week and ended up with a bad rash!! Duh.

melody
Jun 28, 2011

Hey I am using every cream i can find & I have found that caladryl isn't cutting it I am blistering & itching like a mad woman. Thank you for the homeopathic remedies i'm about to try them all.

Chris
Feb 05, 2011

Scarlett

I have a hyper-sensitive issue too. I am also hyper-sensitive to a lot of the remedies for poison ivy. Try this stuff www.antiitchy.com
I spray it on before I go hiking....and then if I think I brushed up against some I spray it right away too. I think it destroys the urushiol oil if you spray it right away. It is the only thing I have found. I originally used it for my poison ivy rash after exposure and it was one of the only things I have found that works besides a cortisone shot. Good luck on avoiding the bubble life!
Chris

no danielle
Sep 30, 2010

I have had poison ivy for a week now tried everything caladryl/damn near all the itch creams you can think of.This is what worked best for me.i clean it with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball it will also help dry it out quicker.Benedryl at night and ivarest poison ivy itch relief you can buy it at walgreens.It was the only cream that worked for me has 3 active ingredients in it as to where others only have 1 or 2 it was only $6. when i took a bath it was in epsom salt.I would also use it 2 itch my skin stung just a little not bad at all. i also tried the bakeing soda an vinger made a paste and put it on my rash let it dry and wash it off . it only help the itch 4 about 2 hours..gd luck to anyone who has it

Jack
Sep 20, 2010

The best relief I have found is HOT.. not warm, but HOT HOT showers on the affected area.

Dustin
Sep 18, 2010

I like to keep thing simple and cheap. If I've been out and think that MAYBE I've been exposed, I take a shower and lather up with Dawn dishwashing liquid. It will wash the urushiol off, so that irritating oil will be gone. Itching before washing the urushiol off is what caused poison ivy to spread. After getting rid of the urushiol, you can treat any rash with isopropyl alcohol, it will dry up the sores of the rash. Finally, instead of scratching when I get an itch, I slap the area, it helps.

Sally
Aug 30, 2010

I got poison Ivy on both arms from the elbow to my finger tips. I knew the expensive cremes and lotions didn't work so I logically thought out the problem. I found that Spray and Wash with Resolve (although I'm sure just spray & wssh would work)works great!!!
Poison Ivy residue is an oil-put spray & wash on the area for 5 minutes to let it break down the oil, rinse and repeat.
I had absolutely no Poison Ivy itch!!!
Several friends have also tried it with the same wonderful results.

Ciara West
Jun 30, 2010

The hair dryer worked! Thanks!

Dr. Carvel Lincoln
Mar 15, 2010

I have one of the best treatments for poison ivy. It is a lotion, when applied to the lesions, dries them up overnight and neutralizes the irritant oils.

More information at: www.handssweatnomore.com

Regards,

Dr. Carvel Lincoln
carvelg2@aol.com
www.handssweatnomore.com

hscsusiq
Jan 14, 2010

Tecnu cleanser.I'm now almost immune to Poison Ivy. When I first used it I would wash 3 time with it. It cuts the itch waaaaay down. Now, with repeated exposure and Technu I can pull the stuff up with my bare hands, Occaisionally I'll get a blister, but rarely more.

Backpacker Editor
Mar 16, 2009

Hey Tori

It sounds like you're already affected, which means you'll want to go straight to anti-inflammatory steroids. You'll have to go to your doctor to get themfor more information look in that section in the article above.

Good luck,
BP Crew

Tori
Mar 16, 2009

Okay. So this year on every break I get poison Ivy ALL over my face and on the corner of my mouth. This week is spring break. So there goes all my plans. :( We have tried alot of things but it wont go away. It seems as if it is gettin worse. And I to have sensitive skin expecailly on my face. So if i get my leg in poison ivy it goes like straight to my face. Anything you have that can help me?

Jeff
Oct 07, 2008

I had a severe case of poison ivy while training with the Iowa National Guard a few years back. Once traing was over, flew to visit my brother in LA. I was miserable with the deep itch caused by the ivy. Once in LA, I took a dip in the Pacific. The areas infected by the ivy burned so bad I nearly screamed. Once the initial pain subsided, I continued my swim. The next day, the rash was all but gone. Salt water is great for poison ivy. I highly recommend it.

liam
Jun 29, 2008

I just got over a bout of poison ivy. I had it all over my arms and ankles. The best remedy i found was to us a common hair dryer. Use it on the "hot" setting and it will take the itch away immediately.

Scarlett
Jun 10, 2008

Hello
Is there any gear (clothing) that I could wear to prevent contact I like you am hyper-sensitive and have been hosptalized for exposure. other than living in a bubble any ideas.

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Trailhead Register
Trekking the Huayhuash
Posted On: Aug 29, 2014
Submitted By: RebeccaD
Trailhead Register
bicycling question
Posted On: Aug 29, 2014
Submitted By: hikerjer

Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions