We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I hate poison ivy..... I spent three days in bed twice in my life with extreme cases of poison ivy. Twice. One would think once was enough, but nooooo, I had to do it twice. !0 years apart, but still. Steroid shots, Benadryl, and steroid pills for a week. How might you ask? I burned it.... both time by accident. Once on a boy scout trip and once many years later at a friend's house (dried ivy vines on the logs I put into the fire place). Just reminiscing about it makes me itch.
Mrs BD should include in her medicine chest Technu and Zanfel as well. Technu works for many people, it is a lightly abrasive wash that helps remove the poison's oils from the skin. It's a favorite among utility line crews, widely available, and economically priced.
Zanfel works on the toughest cases. It's expensive at around $35-40 per tube, but it's priceless. Zanfel is a thick, gritty paste that is used to scrub the affected areas, it will remove the oils when nothing else seems to work. Two or three treatments with Zanfel always clears up my worst outbreaks.
Take a dry cloth or a paper towel and not even a cap-full of just regular old gasoline.Squeeze out the excess gas and then wipe the affected area. It will dry in the air on the affected area. Then just wash the area with dish soap. I use Dawn and that seems to work fine.