Dude I have a bad case of Oak right now. Got mine riding out at Phelon.
Mine got into my bloodstream because the plant scraped me and I broke out from head to toe.Went to the doc. and was perscribed a antihistimine for the itching and a steriod to stop the spreading. I have tried every off the shelve med. but nothing gave me any relieve. Then I found a product called ZANFEL that really worked, almost imediatly I could feel relieve.
Do a searchfor ZANFEL on the net, there website has a list of pharmicies that stock it, or you can order it from them over night.
The poision plants produce a nasty oil that causes the breakouts. I believe it's called urisol oil (or something similar). That's what the Technu soap removes from your skin. If, for example, this oil gets on a gardening tool or piece of clothing that isn't washed regularly, the oil can stay potent for years!
I don't know of anything that works real good a gainst it that isn't a perscription. Technu is for if you know you were exposed to poison ivey and you can use it to wash the oils off. After the rash has showed up it doens't doo a whole lot of good, but helps with the itching some. I usually just put on lots of calamine lotion. It makes it look even worse but it dries it up a lot faster. this spring I had a really sever case (My arms and hads looked like they belonged to a 300lb person and i'm 150) and went to the doctor the gave me some steroids and most of it went away real fast. I had slight reocurances for about a month after though.
There are only two options when you get poison oak or ivy. One is the slow approach, one is the fast approach.
1. Slow approach. Take lots of Benadryl and all the other over the counter remedies, old wives tales, and whatever else you want to do to get rid of it. The Benedryl and your own body are the only two things that will be fighting it. The Benedryl actually works pretty well but it takes longer than option two.
2. FAST approach. This sounds like a cop opt to all of you big strong independent "I can do it myself" people out there but it's not. Go to the doctor and he can prescribe this stuff (I forgot what it's called) that you take 6 tablets the first day, 5 the second, 4 the third, and so on. That stuff stopped the itching by the second day. If you really want relief, just go and get some. I got mine from a dermatologist.
I get the stuff a couple of times every year,and have tried lots of remedies with minimal success. I was in the Walgreens a few weeks ago re-stocking Benadryl and Caladryl for the latest outbreak, and saw the tubes of Zanfel, decided to try it. Cost is crazy, ($38.99) but relief was immediate and complete. I recommended it to a couple of people who also had positive results. I think this is a major advance...
My youngest boy wipped with poison ivy once. Man he had it soooooo bad I felt soo sorry for him. Me I can watch a tarzan movie and be itching before it is over. Go to the doc. and get a script for prednazone. Make you all better in a few days. DON'T SCRATCH...