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The general rule for Poison Ivy or poison ivy is,
"Leaves of three, let it be"

Poison ivy is a contact dermatitis, urushiol (oil in poison ivy, poison oak, ...) induced rashes are a Type IV hypersensitivity reaction, also known as delayed-type hypersensitivity.

Prevention:
The best prevention is to use gloves and protective clothing.

You can wash to oil off, but need to do it in 10-15 minutes.
I've waited longer and it seemed to work, but I'm not sure how much contact I had.

Do not burn poison ivy. The smoke can contain some of the oil which can irritate your respiratory system.

There are special products, Tecnu soap it the best known. Zanfel is another. Octagon and Dr. Bronner's soap are also recommended

A study that compared Tecnu ($1.25/oz.) with Goop Hand Cleaner or Dial Ultra Dishwashing Soap ($0.07/oz.) found that differences among the three—in the range of 56-70% improvement over no treatment—were nonsignificant (P>0.05), but that improvement over no treatment was significant at the same level of confidence.

You can also:
1. Wash the contact areas with lots of cool water.
2. Wipe the skin with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol.

Post-rash treatments:

If it is bad enough you can get a secondary bacterial infection which requires antibiotics.

Prednisone can be prescribed. Prednisone belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It decreases your immune system's response to various diseases to reduce symptoms such as swelling and allergic-type reactions.

When I did some more googling there were others.

Spray or bath with comfrey leaf and plantain leaf tea.

A compress with a washcloth soaked in milk.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Aloe Vera

Links:
Treating Exposure to Poison Oak and Ivy | International Mountain Bicycling Association
Urushiol-induced contact dermatitis - Wikipedia
Treating Exposure to Poison Oak and Ivy | International Mountain Bicycling Association
MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Dr. Bronners Peppermint soap for poison ivy! | MaryJanesFarm.org
Homeopathy and Home Remedies for Poison Ivy
Octagon Soap
Poison Ivy Remedies | EarthClinic.com
29 Tested Home Remedies for Poison Ivy - Home Remedies - Natural & Herbal Cures Made at HomeHome Remedies – Natural & Herbal Cures Made at Home | HomeRemedyShop.com


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last updated 11 Jan 2017