Sunday, July 22, 2007

21 Days of Ugly

100% pure natural plant essences.
Active plant-based essential oils.
Immediate skin absorption.

These claims all sound great, right? Wrong. Not when the plant in question is poison ivy.


I happen to be one of those people who are highly allergic to poison ivy. Apparently, I am also one of those people who accidentally lets her guard down when gardening and pulls out a weed without even considering that it could be my plant kingdom nemesis.

Needless to say, I was rather confused when an itchy welt appeared under my chin a day later. And more confused still when my whole neck and face became red and inflamed. It was only when the rash had developed its characteristic blisters on my arms that I got clued in. And did it hit me like a ton of bricks!

I marched into my doctor's office without an appointment, and once the nurse saw the condition of my face, she got me in immediately. My doctor confidently announced, "Well, it's not anthrax." This is what happens when you see a city doctor for a country problem. After confirming a diagnosis of poison ivy, he gave me some high-powered steroids and allergy medicine, but could not assure me it would be cured immediately.

Rather, it continued to get worse before it got better. Sleeping was practically impossible, and being awake was miserable. And I didn't want to leave my house, such was the state of my face. (Why did I have to get it there? All over my legs would have been much more convenient for a girl whose alias is "beauty chick"!).

For days, I could not shake the feeling being self-conscious of my appearance and feeling that not only was I ugly, I probably disgusted other people. It made me realize what it must be like to have really severe acne or a disfiguring dermatological problem. It's just so emotional when your face is affected, because it's the very center of how you commuicate to the world.

So, holed up at home, I had plenty of time to research poison ivy treatments for me to use in the future - and for you, God forbid you have the same problem.

PREVENT
The trick is not to get poison ivy at all. First of all, follow the adage: Leaves of Three, Let it Be. Second, if you will be hiking or gardening and feel there's a risk of exposure, cover up with long pants, socks, etc. Or, use a topical skin protectant. IvyBlock is the only FDA-approved product that’s clinically proven to help prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes before they start. It produces a clay-like barrier on the skin that protects against the oily resin in poison ivy, oak, and sumac. It must be applied at least 15 minutes before coming in contact with the plant.


CLEANSE
If you do think you were exposed, cleanse the skin immediately. It can bind with proteins in the skin in as little as 5-10 minutes!
  • Technu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub - the first medicated product proven to remove poison ivy, oak and sumac oils and prevent it from spreading after the rash has started. This powerful cleansing scrub quickly removes the oils and prevents spreading, allowing the skin to heal. Active ingredient stops pain and relieves itching immediately. Use to stop the itch up to 24 hours after exposure.

  • Zanfel promises to completely wash away poison ivy, oak & sumac oils from the skin in 30 seconds. Zanfel works by surrounding urushiol and bonding with it, thereby enabling it to be rinsed away. It's priced around $40, but when you're in itchy agony, you'll pay any price.

  • IvyCleanse - easy to use wipes. Removes harmful Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac oils on skin, clothes, tools and sports equipment. If you're going to be hiking or camping, be sure to carry these with you!

  • Burt's Bees Poison Ivy Soap - Perhaps a bit less high-tech than the other products, this soap is 99.82% natural. It's a unique blend of jewelweed, clay and pine tar are carefully formulated to offer a mild and cleansing bar of soap, perfect for anyone who enjoys the great out-of-doors.

SOOTHE
If you've got the rash, there's not a ton you can do. It can take up to 5 weeks to completely heal. (Fortunately, my face was better in a week due to the medicine). In the meantime, you are going to itch a lot. These products and tricks can help.
  • Try not to scratch. Instead, apply cold packs to itchy areas to calm the itch impulse.

  • Take a soothing oatmeal bath. Aveeno's Soothing Bath Treatment comes in single-use packettes of powder, which is 100 percent pure colloidal oatmeal. It forms a milky bath when mixed in water. The Aveeno bath gently cleans ... no soap is necessary. When you're ready to step out of the tub, you'll find that your skin is softer, smoother and--best of all--your itchiness has been relieved.

  • Apply an anti-itch product. I avoid creams, because the act of rubbing them in can distrub fragile skin. Go for Cortaid's Intensive Therapy Cooling Spray. You can spray it wherever you itch (almost anywhere; it has alcohol in it so avoid sensitive spots.) The spray cools and the 1% hydrocortisone relieves itching on contact.

  • If you remember calamine lotion as a kid, you'll remember being covered in pink polka-dots. Now there is CalaGel Medicated Anti-Itch Gel, a clear, cortisone-free, antihistamine gel that stays where you put it. You'll get quick relief without the messy pink fluid on your skin and clothes. CalaGel dries quickly, leaving an invisible, anti-itch skin protectant shield on your tender skin.
Plant essences can be wonderful beauty-enhancers, but in the case of poison ivy, can make you look and feel ugly for weeks. So enjoy the great outdoors -but be careful! And should you get a case of poison ivy, hopefully the treatments listed above will help you.

11 Comments:

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Charlotte said...

Oh no! I knew there was a reason I didn't do gardening!

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger yummy411 said...

aww, i'm glad you're feeling better (are you?) and learned a lot from this experience =) thanks for the recs and advice!

 
At 9:12 PM, Anonymous deepo said...

Yikes! I knew it could be bad, but wow! My mother in law gets hit regularly with it (living in upstate NY and gardening a lot). I'll definitely be passing along your tips to her and I might pick up the Burts Bees soap and ivy wipes as a little gift. Thanks for the tips.

 
At 12:02 AM, Blogger Jen said...

What a wonderful and informative post! I can get poison ivy by just touching someone who has touched the plant! Really love your website. Jen

 
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