Sunday, February 3, 2013

Poison Ivy Queen

You are probably wondering.......why is she writing about Poison Ivy in the winter?  I saw a TV commercial this morning for Monistat and thought I would write about Poison Ivy.  Hmmm, I know you are confused.

See, I have been terribly allergic to Poison Ivy and Poison Oak all my life.  I wouldn't even have to see it, to get a rash.  If, I saw it growing, I would walk as far as possible around it.  Summers could be horrible and winter as well, when my dad was on a wood cutting mission.  You can get it in the winter and if someone burns it, you can get it in your eyes.

Things, I have used:
The Pink Stuff - (sorry can't remember the name) I hate it, it doesn't help and flakes off and makes a yucky mess.

Bleach- Yep, scrap the tops off and pour bleach over it.  I was at camp one summer and I had a terrible place on my arm.  I asked if anyone had bleach.  Somebody did and I poured it on my arm.  The camp nurse had a fit!  LOL! I had been doing this forever. This does work, but probably is not good for you.  Thirty eight years ago,  we did a lot of things, that people today think will kill you. Like drinking out of a water hose.

Oatmeal Bath- I did this once and don't think it helped, never did it again.

SHOTS- somewhere along the way, our family doctor said I could get shots to keep from getting it.  Really, are you kidding me?  I did get them, 1 a week for 3 weeks and then I think it was a yearly booster.  This was a life saver.  I haven't had them in years, but they did build up my immunity to it.  I have had two bad cases in my adult life, but not like I use to.  I don't know if you can still get the shots.  When, my doctor retired that was the end to the shots.

LYE Soap!  If you can get some, get it!  Sometimes you can find it at flea markets.  If you have been exposed, wash as soon as possible with the Lye Soap.  It will cut the oil off of your skin.  And, WASH your CLOTHES by themselves.  You can also mix up a paste with the Lye soap and put in on the rash.

Socks & Starch- If you get a rash on a joint area, such as the fold in your elbow. Cut the top off of a sock, and slip it on your arm.  Pour corn starch down in the sock and it will keep the area dry.

On the last bad case of it, I went to doctor because it was getting close to my eye.  I am not really sure what IT was.   It didn't look like any of the rashes that I have ever had.  I didn't know of anything that I had gotten in to.  At this time, I was introduced to Monistat... I say to the doctor, "That is not what this is used for."  He says to me, "It works to dry up Yeast Infections and works to dry up Poison Ivy."  And yes it did!

I hope my hints might help someone out!
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