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Poison Ivy Cure! I Found One That Worked For Me! Ahhhhhhhh!

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.

 

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Comments

It's amazing what ocean water can cure. It works really well for diaper rash too! (I'm not implying anything, I'm just saying ...)

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA (Safe Haven Realty) about 8 years ago

I hadn't thought of that one. My kids have been out of diapers for decades.

Posted by Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker, Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA (http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com) about 8 years ago

Heath:  Boy .. could I have used this info about a month ago!  I think I would have just flown myself to the ocean and parked myself there 24/7.  If it works on poison ivy .. I'm thinking it would work on poison oak too?  Relief is ... relief!  Now, if I can only get the ocean and salt water closer to the midwest somehow ...

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 8 years ago

Let me know next time you have it and I'll fill some bottles and send it. lol.

Posted by Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker, Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA (http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com) about 8 years ago

Scored only 60 % on the quiz. Great idea, why don't you bottle the ocean water into 3 ounce containers and sell it for $9 a bottle? You could be RICH!!!!

Posted by Marilyn Harrell, Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI (ReMax Riverhaven) about 8 years ago

There's an idea, Marilyn. Are you the first customer? lol.

Posted by Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker, Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA (http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com) about 8 years ago

Probably not, only because I stay away from the itchy stuff so I don't get it too often!

Posted by Marilyn Harrell, Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI (ReMax Riverhaven) about 8 years ago

Oh god. I went into the ocean with poison ivy today for the first time. Gotta say it was reliving at first but it felt like tiny needles chewing at my rash after I got out. Again, just like you, I’ve never gotten poison ivy before. I even held it in my hands a long long time ago to show my friends I didn’t get it. BUT! God does this rash suck! Stay away from it! Wear a hazmat suit if there’s any nearby.

Posted by Poison ivy hater about 1 month ago

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