HELP/poison oak or ivy

HELP/poison oak or ivy

HELP!!!!! Does anyone know what to do for poison oak and poison ivy. The pharmacist says use benadryl cream to stop the itch. We have had it for over a week and it only seems to spread, not go away. My 6yr old has it and it is spreading because he scratches (I think without realizing it). I

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    HELP!!!!! Does anyone know what to do for poison oak and poison ivy. The
    pharmacist says use benadryl cream to stop the itch. We have had it for
    over a week and it only seems to spread, not go away. My 6yr old has it and
    it is spreading because he scratches (I think without realizing it). I
    hesitate to take him to the dr. because we are in the middle of changing
    insurance.

    Also, how do you get rid of it out of your yard. We just bought this house
    in South Carolina. We have only lived in SC a year. I grew up in Lubbock,
    TX where nothing grows, so I don't know exactly what to do in a place where
    everything grows.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Itching in SC!

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    There really isn't anything you can do about it...except not scratch it..and
    benedryl cream. Or if you are more natural like my husband...he rubs egg whites
    on it...It stops the itching faster than the creams..at least he says. My son
    is also allergic to it(17months old) He got it pretty bad here a couple of weeks
    ago..And I can't make him stop scratching because he doesn't understand. I just
    kept clothes on him to cover it so he wouldn't scratch it as bad. It will go
    away on it's own after a week, if the scratching stops. It only spreads when it
    is scratched...

    Hope this helps

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    try hydrocortizone 1%.............available at most every drug store and Wally
    World (sometimes cheaper). don't need a brand name, the generic is cheaper and
    works as well as the "brand" names.
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    Yes, the first thing you want to do is go to the list archives and
    read the Very In Depth Post I wrote regarding Sweet Fern & Jewelweed
    remedies. I think you'll find it very effective. As many of you old-
    timers on list may recall, I get poison ivy every year & am
    extremely allergic to to it. Sweet fern works like a charm.

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    We've used Fels Naptha was success for poison oak. It's a laundry soap
    bar. It doesn't feel good on the skin, kind of rough, but it did the
    trick.

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    I would call the pharmacist, he should be up on the most effective stuff to use
    for poison oak -- otherwise, I thought calamine lotion was always an old standby
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