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    Hahahahahaha-ha!
    Sorry.
    Doctor for poison ivy? I live in no insurance land.
    I view it as a chance to practice my willpower-no, I will NOT scratch! Plus, I figure my immune system is getting a little workout.

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    Sorry. I tend to take insurance for granted and fail to realize that not everyone has it.

    have you tried rubbing alcohol? I have read that it helps to dry up the venom.
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    Some non-prescription, very cheap poison ivy remedies -

    Warm water with salt - 1/4 tsp. per cup. The water should taste barely salty. Use kosher or sea salt, not iodized. Soak for 20 minutes or however long you feel like. I could explain why this works, but it would be really boring. This is good for healing just about any kind of skin ailment. If the rash is not on a body part that is easy to soak, just wet a towel and place it over the area.

    If you care to seek it out, some drugstores or specialty stores sell a poison ivy remedy - an herb called sweet fern. You brew it up like tea (directions on box) and soak in it - this works very well for me.

    I get poison ivy if I even walk by a patch of it. Since I like to be outdoors, I end up with at least one go-round with it every year. Luckily it is not so common in Maine. Alas, not non-existent.
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    Would epsom salt work too?
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    jewelweed is an excellent "home remedy" for poison ivy. Either a soap or cream or salve...or oil or tea...some health food stores now carry a natural product with jewelweed. Sorry you're having this on top of an upset tummy!!
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    An interesting thing about jewelweed is that it often grows near poison ivy - a pretty little orange flower. Funny how Mother Nature provides the remedy next to the irritant. Also, when jewelweed is in bloom, it can alert you to the presence of poison ivy so you don't go crashing through it. (Or should I say, so I don't go crashing through it.)

    Burt's Bees makes a soap, I think, with jewelweed and maybe coal tar.

    Epsom salts might very well work, but I have no expertise with it so I can't say. Probably the box has instructions for various uses, you could check.
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    Ah, good to know about the jewelweed. I will know to approach it with care in the future. It's easier to recognize from a distance than poison ivy.

    Just salty water, eh? Poison ivy is not one of my issues. Would it work on a rash from an allergy? My grandson gets very painful, burning rashes on his stomach whenever he has any dairy, especially foods with "modified milk ingredients". Ah processed foods, the things you do to us.
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    It could, although that is probably a systemic problem rather than a contact dermatitis.

    I could go on with a lot of mumbo jumbo about osmosis and sodium and low-to-high concentrations vs. high-to-low but you would fall asleep. It's a little simplistic, but the salt can draw the icky stuff out of the skin. But the really good thing about this is that it is harmless, no side effects, very cheap. Nothing to lose by trying it. Don't make the water too salty, 1/2 tsp per cup and extrapolate that for larger amounts. Don't use iodized salt because the iodine can be irritating (just what you need, more irritation, right?)
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    Siobahn, that's some useful information! We're planning a trip to CenTex in August to visit family. My sister and her husband like ot hike and they've found some places for us to go. Who knows what we'll run into.
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    Maybe snakes! Good protein source
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