All Things Gardening forum: Ever Clear and Poison Ivy

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 15, 2013 7:14 PM CST
There was an Idea submitted that suggested dabbing on Ever Clear grain alcohol on poison ivy lesions. I have never been sensitive to Poison Ivy until this spring. I went to the dermatologist wondering what was happening to my skin as the problem was spreading. Doc said, "Poison Ivy." I told her, Naaaaaw! I'm not allergic to it!" She caught it at the end of the ordeal and just prescribed a steroid to help with the itching and spreading. (Itching spreads it)

Well, I worked in the yard on Monday. And I know I had handled (carefully) Poison Ivy. At the end of the day, I thought I got a bug bite and lo and behold today I see the "tracks" of Poison Ivy and 4 more tiny blisters!! And of all places it is on my left cheek--the cheek on my face, that is! Rolling on the floor laughing

I tried Ever Clear and immediately the itching is gone. It did blister, but with the second application, it went away. I will keep you up to date on how the Ever Clear works. My face is the last place I need Poison Ivy Dermatitis and the accompanying scars.
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Name: Susie
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4susiesjoy
Jun 15, 2013 9:08 PM CST
I'd love to know how well it continues to work. I get it sometimes from just petting my cat and would love to have something that worked to clear it up. Keep us posted! Thumbs up
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jun 15, 2013 9:14 PM CST
Me too! I wound up in ER with it on my scalp, face,arms, etc. thought I was invincible too! Know I'm very wary of it.
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 16, 2013 9:39 AM CST
Well, I am little itchy this morning. The redness is down but I also used some steroid cream last night so IDK if the decrease in redness is from that? I am bothered enough by it. I am going to go for another shot, um I mean, dab. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 16, 2013 11:39 AM CST
Well, you might try a combination of topical application along with a systemic approach..... Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 16, 2013 12:17 PM CST
I think maybe the Ever Clear might have worked if I found it early. As it was, I found a lesion on my face Monday night and thought it was a mosquito bite, as it didn't hurt like a pimple/infection. It just itched. By Saturday, I knew what it was as it started drying up and there are two smaller lesions heading out in a line. I went full guns today. Put on more Ever Clear, rubbing alcohol, use a high frequency blue light on it, then steroid cream. I dabbed on some mineral make up so I can look presentable at Father's Day Dinner. The lump won't look presentable, but I tried. I'll just sit in a corner seat and keep my head turned to the left to hide it. Thumbs down All the Poison Ivy products out there are for within 8-10 hours of exposure and I am waaay past that!
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 16, 2013 12:32 PM CST
What about a dose of benadryl? Of course, that doesn't go well with the systemic approach to the Ever Clear.......
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 16, 2013 3:52 PM CST
I had a Margarita or three at dinner instead of Benadryl. I still itch.. Washed the make up off and applied more Ever Clear. I am sure it is entering my body via the skin! I'd better not drive anywhere tonight! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jun 16, 2013 4:21 PM CST
You need to see your doctor and not let this go. You could have scarring if you're not careful.
Name: Curtis
West Plains MO (Zone 7a)
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curtsheirlooms
Jun 18, 2013 12:46 PM CST
Im a painter by trade and am very alergic to poison ivy. I get it every year now Thumbs down I always use some laquer thinner and it seems to help dry it up pretty quick . Multiple applications till it dries it up. Just about the same as everclear nodding Been doing it for years and helps anyway .
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Name: Sandy
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ilovejesus99
Jun 20, 2013 7:19 AM CST
I posted on another site and one of our great service men posted on my thread that the government give them Zanfel when they get poison ivy, oak, or sumac. I found it on ebay and am now armed with 2 tubes of it. No poison ivy so far this year but have used it on itching when I didn't know if it was poison ivy. It is 35 dollars a 1 oz tube at Wal-mart but I bout it for 25 dollars for 2 1oz tubes on Ebay.

I carry scars from last year on my upper arm and I was miserable when I had it. NOTHING I bought or dr gave me worked Crying

Look up also. When I got it I was picking pecans and did not see it hanging down over my head. I use surgical gloves from wal-mart when I see one growing. I pull it up or dig it loose first then I pick it up with the glove on my hand and just peel the glove off carefully over my outside trash can.
Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
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louise
Jul 7, 2013 6:27 PM CST
I always keep 'tecnu poison oak-n-ivy cleanser' on hand. It
works better than anything else I have used.

The company is:
TEC laboratories, Inc.
Albany, OR 97321
product # 30201594 M B

Louise

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