A big thanks to Vey who is the founder of Prepperlytics.com for his guest post article “10 Ways To Manage A Poison Ivy Rash Before Or After SHTF”.
10 Ways To Manage A Poison Ivy Rash Before Or After SHTF
POISON IVY – IT’S HARD TO AVOID
Most of us are bound to run into poison ivy each year. Generally, it’s not a big deal, but in an SHTF situation where you’re pulling 6-hour security shifts or running patrols with a full kit, a bad case of poison ivy rash can be a serious issue.
Here are 10 ways to deal with poison ivy and the nasty rash it brings after the stores close down for good.
Goats are some of the strangest creatures. They are quirky and curious, and not at all easy to fence in; trust me there.
That said, they are one of the most useful homesteading animals, period. Meat, milk and the often overlooked, landscaping. Oddly enough, these multi-talented creatures love eating poison ivy.
After the balloon goes up, you won’t have weed killer or gasoline to run a weed trimmer. Small livestock will be the best way to keep poison ivy at bay.
I know, they’re weird looking things, but it’s like they were made specifically for homesteading, so get 2 or 3 now, and figure out how to manage them properly so you don’t get the nasty rash in the first place.
2. ORAL IVY
This product right here is the reason I wanted to write this post. Preppers need stock up on this stuff because it’s going to save them a lot of pain come SHTF.
What is it?
Oral Ivy is a natural, homeopathic oil made from the extract of poison ivy. If you look at the ingredients, it’s simply: poison ivy, alcohol, and water.
What does it do?
It builds up an “immunity” to the poison ivy rash by exposing your system to small doses of Rhus Toxicodendron, that toxin inside the poison ivy plant.
Now I say, “immunity” with quotes because it doesn’t make you 100% immune to the rash. What it does is it renders the rash 95% itchless; at least that is my experience taking it for the last 6 months.
How do you take it?
I mix 5 or 6 drops of Oral Ivy with whatever I’m drinking at breakfast each morning; usually water or orange juice. I continue that from Spring through Fall.
One bottle, which runs between $9 and $13 on Amazon should last me about a year. Once that price hits $9 again, I will buy 10 of them. I do not want to go through SHTF without it.
3. HYDROCORTISONE CREAM
This is your go-to for mild itch relief when the poison ivy rash begins to appear.
It’s going to take the edge off the itch within about a minute and will allow you to get back to what you were doing.
It’s going to run between $1 and $3 an ounce. An ounce isn’t much, but it does last quite a long time given the small amount you need for an application. You’re likely to lose the tube before you run out.
Shop your local dollar store. Their off-brand, which is pictured here, is much cheaper than the name brand stuff. I generally walk out with 10 or 15 tubes at a time, especially if the extra strength stuff is on sale.
When I’ve got a rash starting up, I keep a tube in my pocket, in my EDC bag, on my nightstand, and in the car. I’ll often wake up in the middle of the night itching, and this guy can help me get back to sleep in minutes.
4. RUBBING ALCOHOL
The urushiol oil from the poison ivy leaves that causes the rash sticks to the skin like motor oil. It is water soluble, so rinsing the exposed area early on with a lot of water is recommended. However, you may be on your bug out, on a patrol or recon mission where running water isn’t accessible.
Rubbing alcohol is the best way to remove the urushiol oil from your skin. The little disposable wipes can be kept in your EDC bag, BOB first aid kit, or assault pack. Just wipe any skin exposed to the ivy and discard the towel.
5. BAKING SODA – 6. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – 7. ALOE VERA
Dr. Doug Willen from the YouTubes has three home remedies for extracting the urushiol oil out of a poison ivy rash using baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and aloe vera and a brown paper bag. He’s better at explaining it than me, so here he is.
If you do get poison ivy, and the itching is really bad, this is hands down, the product you want.
It’s basically an exfoliator for your skin. It has tiny microbeads that when you rub into the skin, the abrasive action is one the most satisfying experience in life. I’m not exaggerating! It also washes away the urushiol oil, and severely reduces itching in that area afterward.
The problem is… it’s expensive!
We’re talking $35 for an ounce! That’s twice the price of silver right now, and you use quite a bit per application, so it doesn’t last long.
This as close to a “cure” for an existing rash as you can get through. It’s heavenly.
9. HYLAND’S POISON IVY/OAK
Hyland’s Poison Ivy/Oak is the same basic formula as the Oral Ivy mentioned earlier, except it’s twice as strong and has a few extra ingredients to relieve itching and burning.
The difference between this and Oral Ivy is Oral Ivy is meant to be taken daily while Hyland’s is intended to treat an existing rash.
This stuff works well. It was my go-to remedy last year before I started taking Oral Ivy. I haven’t needed it this year since I’ve been on Oral Ivy, but I’m glad I stocked up on a few bottles so I have them for SHTF.
Current price is about $8 for a 50 tablet container. I went through about 20 tablets per rash. It’s a nice backup in case you run out of Oral Ivy, or if someone in your group who isn’t on Oral Ivy gets hit hard.
How do you take it?
Dissolve 2 tablets in your mouth as needed, then 4 tablets a day once the rash starts to settle down.
10. ALLSTOP POISON IVY HEALING GEL
What I like about the AllStop healing gel is its designed to dry up a full-blown rash, and reduce the duration by several days.
Like the other products mentioned, AllStop will reduce the itch and soothe the burning, but this late stage treatment is what you want to use when the rash gets blistered and starts to leak.
AllStop will run about $12.50 on Amazon, which is half as much as the AllStop brand site is selling it for. The price hasn’t changed in 180 days, so its unlikely to go on sale anytime soon.
A little goes a long way, but if your prepper group is large, you’ll need to pick up a few bottles to last a while.
It’s tempting to buy a few bottles of each treatment and think you’re good. The truth is, in a long-term SHTF event we may never return to the point where products like these are being manufactured again. These will help you transition through the first few years, but eventually, they’ll run out. You need a sustainable solution.
Goats can help keep the poison ivy manageable, but there’s always the risk that you’ll come in contact with the plant without realizing it.
If you do happen to get a bad rash you’ll need to rely on the two treatment methods that you can develop yourself: Apple Cider and Aloe Vera. Make sure you have the apple trees and aloe planted ahead of time, and maintain them throughout the years even if your stockpiled remedies are available. They’re not as potent as modern medicine, but something is better than nothing.
Disclaimer – I’m not a doctor. This isn’t medical advice. If you get a bad rash, seek a medical professional.
The article above was kindly contributed by Vey from Prepperlytics, and the original title, 10 WAYS TO MANAGE A POISON IVY RASH BEFORE OR AFTER SHTF can be found on the Prepperlytics.com blog.
Prepperlytics is an online website that helps preppers calculate the number of calories needed in an SHTF scenario.