Help for a Poison Ivy Rash

"I HAVE THE RASH.... NOW WHAT?!?!"

First of all, please seek professional help if you're having a severe allergic reaction, if you think you inhaled the oil from a burning plant or vine, have a rash in your mouth, mucous membranes, near your eyes, or on any other sensitive body part. If not, here are suggestions from the net and from my friends who have gotten into ivy. (That being said, they aren't doctors, so you may wish to consult with one of those.)

I have not tried any of the above since it's been so long since I've gotten into ivy. However, I can tell you what I or my friends have had work:

Very helpful: Rhus Tox
This is a homeopathic remedy for poison ivy, oak and sumac rashes. My friend swears by this stuff. She said she'd gotten a small area of the rash and started using Rhus Tox and it went away within 12 hours. I don't know how effective it would be on large rashes, but it's cheap and easy to take and worth a try. Be certain to follow the directions: homeopathic remedies must be taken in a clean mouth (for example, don't drink coffee or eat and immediately take a remedy.) I order mine from http://www.iherb.com. They offer very good natural remedies inexpensively and they ship very quickly. Put in code RIN187 in "Apply coupon code" at checkout and get a $5 to $10 discount on your first order!

Helpful: Benadryl Anti-Itch Cooling Gel For Kids (similar to what was "Rhuli" Gel)
I used Rhuli in the early 90's when I got into ivy and it was very effective. But, Rhuli was bought out by Band Aid and then just disappeared off the market. The closest thing I've found with similar ingredients is "Benadryl Anti-Itch Cooling Gel For Kids", however, I've heard it is not as effective. I've had good luck with it on bug bites. It has similar ingredients to Rhuli (camphor, menthol, and alcohol) which help to control the itch and help dry out the rash, but I'm still annoyed that Rhuli is off the market.

Of course, avoidance is the best remedy! Always remember these sayings:

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