W.W. asks from Greenwood, IN on September 15, 2006
3 Year Old with Poison ivy---Help!
My 3 year old has poison ivy. He has had it for a couple weeks now. We have done he Aveeno bath a about 4 or 5 times. There are days it is all about gone, to only come back a bit worse the next day. It's Friday, we will take him to the doctor on Monday, however does anyone have any advice?????
S. answers from Spartanburg on September 19, 2006
There is an over the counter remedy I have seen at walmart that is specific for poison ivy. You might want to try that, but I would suggest going to the doctor, he can give him a shot, or prescribe a topical treatment.
P.M. answers from Des Moines on September 16, 2006
My son had it also resently and we used ivarest, you can get it at walmart I thought it worked great. Also I've heard from my mother-in-law that washing the infected area with plain old Dawn Dish soap.
D.P. answers from Indianapolis on September 15, 2006
deoderant. that dries it up and helps it from spreading. I even used it on my son when he had chicken pox and he only had them for a week! I know it was chicken pox b/c I took him to the doc. even generic deo works!!!
A.S. answers from Lynchburg on September 18, 2006
JEWELWEED! In nature, jewelweed grows right next to poison ivy. The stem has a liquid substance that neutralizes the properties that cause the itching and rash. It is growing now and has yellow and orange blooms. You can gather the stem, leaves, flowers and seed pods and blend them into a pulp with some water and then paint onto the rash. Aloe Vera and Vitamin E will aid in healing the skin once you have seen improvement. Do keep it wrapped and be super-vigilant about keeping anything that touches the rash away from skin and washed immediately. Hope this helps! :-)
C.B. answers from Charleston on September 15, 2006
W.C. answers from Lexington on September 16, 2006
Use ZANFEL, (http://www.zanfel.com/) found at CVS, Walmart, Rite Aid, Eckerd...stops the itching in 30 seconds and usually clears it up in 24 hours. It actually deconsructs the chemicals bonds of the urushiol oil. We just had a bout of poison ivy last weekend....safe to us on face, eyes, genitals if need be....anywhere but internally. It's about $35 per tube and there's 15 applications per tube (comes as a paste). You wet the area, squeeze 1.5 inches into your hand, mix it up like you would with shaving cream, then apply for three minutes, then wash off. If he's bad off, it may take two or three applications to the same area. after the treatment, go ahead and put benadryl cream or cortisone cream on the spot to be safe.
Make sure you launder any and all clothes, bedclothes, towels, washcloths, etc daily to minimize re-exposure!!
Trust me. This is miracle stuff. I'm so allergic that if I smell it on the wind I break out everywhere...this has been the only option for me other than steriods and works better.
Let me know how ya do!!
A.M. answers from Greensboro on September 16, 2006
Wash the sheets and clothes in very, very hot water everday. Poison Ivy can last a lyr or so in clothing. It takes a while for posion ivy to go away. Aveeno helps but lavendar also helps the itchyness.
A.S. answers from Raleigh on September 16, 2006
Go to the store and get some hydrocortizone cream. It works wonders and that is probably what the doctor will tell you. It is over the counter. My 2 1/2 year old got poison ivy from our outdoor cat last year and it was mainly all over his legs. The hydrocortizone cream worked immediately. It is also great for dry skin and bug bites, etc. I used it also on my 6 month old who had mild exema. Good Luck - I think with my little guy it lasted about 5-7 days before it was complately gone usuing the cream. Hope this helps!
W.E. answers from Greensboro on September 16, 2006
i heard take oatmeal(reg) cook it and let it cool alittle and rub it all over the child and let it dry and wash it off. That should help it
D.H. answers from Louisville on September 16, 2006
This help was given to me by our pediatrician (who was a children's allergy specialist, too) - get some Fels Napatha laundry soap, it comes in a bar form. (you can look it up online to see what pkg looks like) Kroger's used to carry it tho don't know if they still do, but you might want to get 2 or 3 bars of it. We've kept some of this around for years due to one child being highly allergic!
The 3yo is reinfecting himself because the oil is now on everything he has worn (and could be on your's too now) and is also in his bedding. You'll need to bathe the child in this bar soap and then wash EVERYTHING worn or used. It'll be a big job, but you have to get rid of the oils! During wash, just drop the bar in the washer and let it agitate most of the cycle - stop the washer and find the soap and get it out, then let the load finish up. You might need to wash down any items like furniture and toys the child is always in contact with.
Sounds like you're lucky insomuch as that noone else seems to have gotten the rash! You'll need to find out where the plants are and remove them (use an empty bread bag, put it over your hand/arm, pull up the plants, pull the bag back down your arm enclosing the plants and toss - the bag will keep the oils from you)