I have had so many views on poison oak and ivy rash on my first blog, that I thought I needed to add more to what I know about this rash and the poisonous plant. There are several things that need to be considered.
First, wash the clothes that you had on while exposed to it in hot water or use bleach. Bleach will not only kill it but one can also use it to kill the plant outside. Do not use full strength as you may kill other plants around it.
After getting the clothes in the washer, scrub your hands and any exposed area of your body with a product that I keep under my sink at all times. Tecnu Extreme is a scrub that cuts the oils of the plant from your skin. It has little bits of grain like sand in it. The main thing to know is to use it as soon as you can. Using it within 30 minutes of exposure is best. However, as soon as you come in give yourself a good scrubbing with this product. There is a gel made by the same company that I use to help dry it up and to keep the itching down.
Now, some thoughts on the plant. Poison Oak and Ivy both have oil in the plant. Once it gets on us, we can smear it from place to place on our bodies. Not only that, but I have come to realize that we need to wash down our gardening tools as well. The oil may still be on them the next time we use them.
What about the door knob, the counter at the sink, or anything that we have touched with our hands after getting it on us? Yes, we need to wash those things with hot soapy water as well and rinse well.
I kept getting in on my forearm and didn’t realize that the only place I would sit while resting from working outside was at a table. When I sat there, I would put my forearms on it. So, for days I kept getting the oils off of that table on my arms. Once I thought about it, I washed it down good and no more getting a new rash.
The bad part is that I feel that no matter what I do, this rash is going to last at least two weeks. It always has with me. If we get to the oils from the plant first, we can save ourselves a lot of misery. That is key.
However, if you do get it, use the gel but the main thing that helps me with the itching is an ice pack. Nothing and I mean nothing not even a doctors prescription helps more.
I have just learned of a product on the market that should prevent one from getting the oils of the plant on their skin. It is called Ivy Block. It should be used before going out where exposure to the plant is a possibility.
One should be able to find any of these products in their local drug store.
Be sure to read my other blog on how to keep the rash from itching so much.