For the last two weeks I’ve had poison ivy and though it seems to be on the downslope, there is one thing that continues – the itching. It hasn’t been terrible for me, but you can’t really put poison ivy on the shelf to escape. You have to deal with the itching. You need self-discipline. You can scratch it, and though that provides a few seconds of relief; it actually makes you want to scratch even more. I don’t like the itching. There are, however a few ways to calm it.
- Anti-itch gel. There are creams and gels, but the gel seems to work the best with a kind of cooling sensation.
- Cool showers. I’m a hot shower person, even in the summer. But hot water seems to make the itching even worse. Cool showers help quite a bit.
- Ice packs. Especially at night when the itching was between my fingers those flexible ice-packs gave some relief.
- Keep busy. This was the best solution by far. When I was busy doing other things, keeping my mind and body occupied, I didn’t notice the itching nearly as much.