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When I got a terrible case of poison ivy, I found a lotion called Zanfel that is over the counter. Although it is expensive, it worked very, very well. It will cut down the amount of time you have to suffer. You put it on the affected areas, wet it and massage it for a short time. Then you rinse it off. The claim is that it lifts the toxin up out of your skin and then it gets rinsed off with the lotion. Of course, it's best if you can use it as soon as you discover that you have poison ivy. There may be other, similar products on the market now. Zanfel was the only product of its kind when I needed something. I highly recommend it.

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It depends on how good you are about not scratching and spreading the infection. The fluid that oozes out of the infected area will spread it to other areas of your body if you're not careful.

If you are careful it will last anywhere from one week to three weeks. Calamine lotion is good for anti-itch!

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WRONG. what is in your blisters is your body's cells trying to fight off the oil. the only thing that spreads it is the oil, which probably isn't on your skin anymore considering that the rash takes a few days to show up.
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It depends on how much you scratch it and how large of an area you have it on. If you leave it alone (don't scratch!) it will usually clear up in about a week, 10 days if it's really bad.

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The duration and severity of a rash from poison ivy/oak is depends on your sensitivity to poison ivy/oak and how deligent your are about not spreading and causing additional irritation from scratching. I'm extremely sensitive and usually have to go to the doctor for a shot of corticosteriod and cream. With treatment, the rash should clear up with in a week. Without treatment, the rash normally lasts on average about 10 days to 3 weeks, but can last as long as 6 weeks for individuals that are sensitive to the plant. Antihistamines and calamine lotion are most commonly used for treatment.

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