I used to be immune to poison ivy. However, after continued exposure, my system finally succumbed and I broke out in the itchy rash. Desperate to find a solution to this ancient annoyance, I found a "cure" that worked for me! What a relief!
First, if you are researching the attacker, I suggest a fun quiz like the one I found here. It will test your knowledge. And, it provided me some reassurance about the catching and spreading of the dreaded itch. Here is the link to the Poison Ivy Quiz.
So what is the "poison ivy cure" I found? Ocean water. That is to say the actual water in the ocean. I just walked into the ocean, grabbed the sand from the ocean floor and lightly scrubbed the affected areas. The water cooled the itching and it has apparently started drying up the bumps. It isn't a completely instantaneous fix, because I have needed to go swimming again occasionally, but what a relief when I come out of the water! After each application of the salt water, the rash is smaller and smaller and the relief longer lasting and longer lasting.
I put some in a 5 gallon bottle so I could just apply the water when I wanted to, instead of running to the beach (2 miles) which wasn't always convenient. I had tried:
- pink lotion - soothing but only a reliever, not a fixer.
- tea tree oil was again soothing and closest to the ocean water, but not as successful as the ocean.
- aloe - only an itch stopper
- benadryl - useless to me
So if you're near the ocean, go for a dip! If you aren't near the ocean, maybe you can find someone who will send you some bottles full of ocean water. It worked for me.
Heath Coker, Associate Broker
Robert Paul Properties
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