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Old 08-01-2015, 06:14 PM   #1
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Nothing off the counter worked for me. I don't have it yet, just preparing.
I did use a prescription lotion many years ago that worked, but forgot the name. Also found a website that sells a medicine called Zanfel?
No home remedies please. I tried all of them.
If you know the name of the prescription lotion, please let me know. If anybody know about this Zanfel, I'd appreciate your experience.
Thank you in advance.
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Old 08-01-2015, 07:11 PM   #2
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Whatever it is, I suspect that cortisone is the key active ingredient.
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Old 08-01-2015, 09:09 PM   #3
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What sort of medication do you want?
Anti itch? Benadryl.
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Sweet fern. Find it, pick it, brew it like tea, and rub it on with a wash cloth. If you don't know what it is, just google it. Works like a champ.
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Sweet fern. Find it, pick it, brew it like tea, and rub it on with a wash cloth. If you don't know what it is, just google it. Works like a champ.
And what does this do?
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Old 08-02-2015, 12:19 AM   #8
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I have found that a way to relieve the itch of poison ivy is as follows. Place the affected part under the hottest water that you can stand. Not hot enough to burn you but as hot as you can stand for 30 seconds. This will likely result in an INTENSE itching for a few seconds after which it will simply go away. This treatment works for me and I am terribly affected by poison ivy/oak etc. The web says do not do this but it works. A man came into work one night itching to death and I told him to do this. He went into the mens rooms and did it and thanked me.
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Thank you for the replies.
Found my answers in amazon. Predinozon is the prescription cream. I'll see if my doctor will write one without seeing the problem.
It looks like Zanfel is actually off counter. But the people who used it say it is same as Mean Green? Just ordered some MG. I plan to wear a disposable coverall anyway. I live in the poison ivy state of NJ, and it finds me.
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Kind of an "Ole Wives Tale" but people swear it works.

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For over 60 years, I've lived with poison ivy and when I have and out-break, this is the best treatment I've found. Several times a day, gently wash the affected area with Dawn (dissolves the oils), rinse extremely well (gets them off of you), pat dry and apply calamine lotion. Do not reuse any washcloths or towels until they have been washed.

I do the wash, rinse and pat dry if I even remotely suspect I've been exposed.

Good luck!
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I was about to say calamine lotion, remember using it when I was a kid.
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That Zanfel runs around $35 for one ounce. I read all about it when I got poison ivy/oak around a month ago. My eyelids and cheeks were swollen from me wiping sweat away while dragging brush into the woods.
Then is started spreading to my arms, stomach, etc. I took Benadryl which cleared up my face and did what GrayHair mentioned.
That and Calamine lotion.
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My daughter is highly sensitive to poison ivy. She must get a prednisone SHOT immediately upon first notice of the outbreak or it will spread extremely rapidly.

My brother doesn't have quite as bad of a reaction. He swears by domeburro. It's an over the counter topical treatment.

Me. I used to be able to roll in the stuff and not get it but that has changed. When I get it I use witch haZel to help dry it until it finally goes away. Bleach, if used carefully can provide a similar effect but there is a serious possibility of burning your skin when using bleach. It needs to be diluted a LOT.

Anyway gentle but thorough washing is the first treatment when exposed. There are a few soaps out there designed to help with the resins from the plant which are sometimes difficult to remove completely.
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Found my answers in amazon. Predinozon is the prescription cream. I'll see if my doctor will write one without seeing the problem.
Is this supposed to say "prednisolone"? I promise it will be easier to find if you spell it that way . Prednisolone is a very common steroid used for a lot of things, and can be given in pill form as well (I know some people who are highly allergic to poison ivy who have just taken the pill in conjunction with something like calamine lotion).
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