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Jul 30, 2014

Help! I don’t want to use steroids to treat poison ivy. What are my alternatives?


If you tend to get poison ivy, you know that getting rid of it can be almost as unpleasant as the weepy, itchy rash. There are alternatives.

Practice good preventative care.
• Keep your immune system strong with good nutrition.
• Take a preventative dose of Grindelia Robusta, 30C, before you go camping or hiking.
• Be diligent in identifying and avoiding poison ivy or other plant material that results in contact dermatitis for you.
• Speak up, especially if your neighbors burn their yard debris or family members want to take you hiking where you know poison ivy thrives.
• Wear gloves when gardening.
• Wear long pants, socks, and closed-toed shoes when hiking and camping.
• Leave the poison ivy killing and removal to someone who is not allergic who can wear disposable gloves.

Take swift corrective action.
• Wash skin thoroughly.
• Remove and dispose of clothes that have come in contact with poison ivy.
• Take the correct dose of the homeopathic remedy that is best for you for treating poison ivy.
• Bathe in cool water.

Make yourself as comfortable as possible.
• Wear loose clothing.
• Avoid sun exposure, which may make the itching worse.
• Try not to scratch.

If you can’t avoid poison ivy and the resulting contact dermatitis, do yourself a favor and give homeopathic medicine a try to avoid the side effects of steroid drugs. There are a number of remedies, such as Anacardium, Croton Tiglium, Rhus Tox, and Sepia to treat the acute eruptions.

Which medicine is indicated depends on your particular symptoms. Going over the Homeopathic Materia Medica helps to clarify which medicine is the best indicated. However, if your case is severe, progressing quickly, or affecting a large area, you may have no choice but to use steroid medications.


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