Please help! Poison Ivy SOS
Does anyone have a cure or a fix for poison ivy rash? About 2 weekends ago, I was working in the yard (every year, btw, my tale of woe starts precisely the same way. Would that I would remember that fact from year to year!) and apparently did battle with a poison ivy plant. Actually, there is so much crud pouring over from the neighbours' overgrown undergrowth into our yard that I've no idea what the plant looks like OR if it is poison ivy, oak or sumac but it is something absolutely vile. Well, as usual, I came away the worse for wear.
It took about a day or 2 and I had a rash on the back of my left hand and fingers, on my left knee and a spot above my right ankle. Well, the rashes got worse and worse in their spots especially the leg ones and they now look quite inflamed - like I was burned in those areas. The whole side of the knee is generally red and irritated and swollen.
BUT the worse problem is that despite assertions to the contrary, this rash is spreading! About 6 days after my yard foray, I got a rash of red splotches on the other knee. Then it made it all around the two knees. Then two or three days ago, the whole tops of both my thighs and, shortly thereafter, the backs of both my calves became red, itching and irritated. I apply cortisone cream about 4 times a day and at least once or twice a day I get a sudden, bad attack of itching that drives me absolutely nuts (without fail, at about 4:00am in the morning for sure). It comes on suddenly and virulently and the only thing that calms it down is another application of hydrocortisone AND a bout of actually indulging the itch. I wind up slapping my knees, my thighs, the calves, ankles or, if that doesn't help at all, itching the worst spots through my trousers. My legs are SWOLLEN from this wretched thing
My doctor has recommended hydro-cortisone cream in the past and I am on tube number 3 in this second week of poison-ivy hell. Calamine lotion doesn't seem to do much at all. Does anyone have *any* suggestions that they've tried that I can offer? I'll try any potion that anyone suggests. Seriously at my wits end.
The thing that worsens matters - and I would not admit this here except that most of you don't know me and so I can't be embarrassed - is that I cannot razor my legs through this minefield of burns, blisters and delicate, swollen skin I've got. This 10 day old stubble is not helping matters in the itching department. Every night I dream of waxing my legs instead of sleeping normally. Please, if you have any trick to suppressing poison ivy, please, I beg you, do tell me!