yomamanem(7B Georgia)September 26, 2007

I stated in a recent message that I was stung by a saddleback caterpillar a few days ago and it was very painful. The only thing that helped alleviate the pain was ice. I would like to hear other remedies for stopping pain of stings. I noticed on a medication ointment stick for stings at the pharmacy that the main ingredient was ammonia. Also, I have heard that meat tenderizer is good. I sure don't mind buying a potion at the pharmacy if it works! Any suggestions?

Also: I have a bad reaction to poison ivy, but I don't think most people know how poison ivy works. It seems to bind with skin after a few minutes and using soap is not helpful if you wait too long. The potent oil can get on skin, clothes, in smoke, etc. I wonder if there is something available that you can spray on your body when you think you have been exposed?

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I've never really had any caterpillar encounters (luckily!), so I don't have any advice on that.

For poison ivy, I've never had much luck with soap and water or rubbing alcohol, probably because I wait too long. My mom brought me a bottle of something called Tecnu, and I've had a lot of luck with it. There's a cleanser for skin and a liquid that you can use to wash your clothes with. I think it's made by the same people who make Calagel, another great anti-itch product that my mom used on us as kids and that I still use.

I don't have any affiliation with the company, but I love the stuff.


    Bookmark   September 26, 2007 at 5:09PM
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When i got stung i used bactine and the pain went away very fast

Here is a link that might be useful: bactine

    Bookmark   September 26, 2007 at 5:13PM
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I had heard that for poison ivy you should just flush the area with cool water. Using plain soap allows the oil to break up into many smaller parts and make it worse. I'm sure that some of the newer products like Tecnu address that.

Unfortunately, you don't always know you've come into contact with poison ivy and that is how you get some really bad cases - you unknowingly spread the oil onto many places.

I go into the woods all the time and walk through thigh-high poison ivy. I am careful to wear gloves and not touch any exposed skin (like scratch my face). When I get home, remove all the outer clothing and gloves and throw them in the wash. They are fine after that.

One remedy that I have found for mosquito bites: rub a little liquid soap or hand lotion on the bite and it usually stops itching. At home I use Benadryl gel, but I find these other items work fine when I'm out and about or in the car.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2007 at 5:37PM
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Do you get many mosquito bites in the car?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2007 at 8:24PM
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