Late at night while you're sleepin' poison ivy comes a'creepin'
July 8, 2012 7:47 AM Subscribe
Help me deal with my poison ivy -- the painful parts not so much the itchy.
posted by mittenbex to Health & Fitness (28 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have poison ivy all over my legs and knees -- all around where the leg bends. The rash first surfaced last Monday night, was in full swing by Tuesday... has continued to sprout up in several new spots over the past few days.
It blistered, they accidentally broke open. They were oozing pretty badly. The pharmacist gave me an astringent to use as compresses on my legs. They appear to have 'worked' since the blisters are dripping anymore but my skin is now super sore.
I've been taking hot showers and using calamine to soothe the itch. Having no problems with that.
I have just been laying around all weekend hoping that everything would scab up and what not ... but maybe it's really bad?
Some people are like 'Wow you should really go to the doctor' but these are the same people who keep telling me 'It's contagious, it's spreading, you shouldn't use Calamine lotion' etc. which are all wrong.
I don't want to bother calling up the doctor if this is going to get better soon. I know they say it can last 1-3 weeks. I can't imagine spending the next two weeks with my legs feeling like this.
So. 1. YANMD but -- should I go to the doctor?
2. Regardless of if I go to the doctor... it's Sunday afternoon. I've got about 22 hours before I can even get into a doctor's office MINIMUM. Share with me your tips for soothing my raw,blisterty, Poison Ivy rash.