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Stopped My Poison Ivy Rash From Spreading

Author: Elizabeth Y.
Date: 08-22-2016
Views: 1,894
Word Count: 235
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 11012-OR
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Scientific Studies: 1

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I got a new house with tons of plants and my gift from the house was a patch of poison ivy. Great - could have lived without that gift.

I ended up being exposed without realizing it so I spread the poison ivy rash from my forehead, to my cheek, and then to my other check. Yep, thanks to the Tervis glass I spread it before realizing the itchiness was poison ivy.

Then I saw the poison ivy vine, brushed it again and finally realized what was happening on my face.

That evening I was debating what to use to stop the itch and trying to prevent it from spreading. I researched how urushiol works, a compound in poison ivy, and saw that it acts like a grease. What breaks down grease? Thieves Household Cleaner! I had been cleaning the house with that for several days so I knew my skin did not react badly.

So next I took a shower using Thieves Household Cleaner as my "soap". The rash did not seem to spread and finally died down over the next couple days.

I don't know how great this idea was but it certainly worked. I figured it could not be any worse than any commercial poison ivy treatment; and better yet it was super cheap compared to those commercial products which were $15-$42.

I will always have Thieves Household Cleaner on hand for its many uses!

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