Poison Ivy Home Remedy

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 Poison Ivy Cure
It’s that time of year again when the poison ivy is out in full force and waiting for a new victim.
Why is the victim always me??
You all remember last week when I was out rock picking
with Hubby for our landscaping.
Well must be I got into it, and I mean into it.
I have it on my legs, arms, ears, butt, back and in my hair.
I hate taking any kind of medication especially the steroids the doc prescribe for poison ivy, so I was in search of a natural remedy to cure the ivy.
I have found it and it works great.
  1. Wash the affected area with Fels Naptha or Dawn Dish soap.
  2. Pat dry (and then put the towel into the wash, do not reuse).
  3. Apply any kind of stick deodorant to the ivy blisters.
It takes about 3 days of applying the deodorant before the blisters are dried up.
Be diligent in applying the deodorant.  I do it at least 4 times a day for the first 3 days.  Then I continue to apply for 3 days more once in the morning and once in the evening. This method works just as good as a prescription, and most people have all the items on hand and can start using them right away.
I have been using this method for 2 years now, and it works great.
Ahhhh relief, no more itching:)


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  1. says

    Oh, you poor thing! I haven’t had that stuff since I was a very young teen; but I had it so bad! In Oregon we had Poison Oak, and it was rampant on some acreage my parents owned at the time. My dad was trying to clear some of the land and decided to burn some of the underbrush (all Poison Oak), and I got it from the smoke — body and face swelled up, eyes swelled shut — and was so sick for about a week. That was the last time I ever got it! We don’t have it here, thank goodness!

  2. says

    Oh, Dawn, I forgot this! How could I?! I use Zanfel (scrub) and it’s $35 for a very small tube. It works, but I’m sure willing to try something else that’s a lot more frugal. And I will try this because I already have a second round of it (darn!! I think it’s gonna be a bad poison ivy season). Thanks for sharing! -Tammy

  3. says

    Well, I am astounded at this. I am going to stock up as Mr. Vintage can get poison ivy just by being near it if it’s windy. No kidding. He is very allergic. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. says

    We don’t have poison ivy allergies in our house but…I wonder if this would work for fire ant bites. We sure have those and talk about itching!

    • Anonymous says

      Deorderant works wonderful on fire ant bites..I keep one of those little ones they sell for traveling.Immediately apply to bites it will stop the itch,sting and if caught soon enough the bite won’t fester.

  5. says

    Getting poison ivy is my idea of a living helll. Honestly, just the thought of itching all over drives me to the brink. Glad yours is going away.


  6. says

    Oh, your poor thing! I’ve had it once, about three or four years ago. Thought I was gonna go nuts.

  7. says

    Oh Dawn that is horrible. Glad the homemade remedy works. Hope you start to feel better.

  8. says

    I was going to give you my 92 yo mom’s treatment for poison ivy but thought it weird until I read this!!! When we were kids, my mom put Phillips Milk of Magnesia on our arms and legs after the breakout. . . looked weird when we went to school. It seems this ‘treatment’ drew the liquid out of the blisters. Just for fun you might want to try it.

  9. says

    I’ll have to tell my son about this- he is highly allergic!

  10. says

    I’ve never heard this before! Hubby will be so glad I read your blog! He can just look at poison ivy or oak and get it! You come up with the greatest tips!

  11. says

    Dawn, so glad you have come upon a remedy to calm the itching! Who would ever have thought to use deoderant? I have not had a case of poison ivy in many years, but I used to always get into it as a kid. You may be saving so many people from the torment of the itching, so I’m pinning this! Hope you’re all cleared up shortly!

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  13. says

    I hate poison ivy/poison oak, I get it just looking at it, well not really but seems like it, haha! Last summer I had it awful. I bought stuff over the counter and nothing seemed to really help. Then I turned to dawn dishwashing liquid, I showered with it. After I got out of the shower I put Dawn on a cotton ball and dabbed it on affected areas, ahhhhh! Really helped relieve the itching and dried it up fast.

  14. says

    How awful! Surprisingly, I’ve never had a run in with poison oak or ivy. My problem is always ants. Somehow I always find an ants that wind up biting me. Glad the homemade remedy works – I don’t like to take medication or use OTC things if I can help it.

    The comment from anon has me laughing!!

  15. says

    I was just complaining on my blog about my poison ivy and one of my readers sent me over to your post. I will try this! The last time I had poison ivy I ended up on steroids and I am doing everything I can to not have to do that again.

  16. starjoe says

    Just wanted to say i got it ,on my arms and legs this summer this really is a cheap way to way to cure the “poisions” i hade to shower 2x a day and deodorant any time i felt ichey ?it took 2 weeks but it was cheaper than ER visit &Rx thanks i will keep this in medicine cabinet from here on out THANK *

    • says

      So glad it worked for you. I also had it this year on my hands and it took care of it. I agree much cheaper than the doc, and pharmacy bill.

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