The best defence and cure for poison ivy is, of course, to avoid it, so learn how to recognize the plants and be aware that they can grow as vines or shrubs. They can be spotted by their characteristic cluster of three pointed leaves. The leaves are shiny and the berries are green/yellow in color. Recognition is of particular importance for those people who love to be out in the countryside, camping and hiking. As a regular camper and hiker, you should already know that going into the great outdoors makes you fair game for a myriad of stinging insects as well as noxious plants like the poison ivy. If you are uncertain as to whether you will come across the plant or not, wear protective clothing, and if you are caught off guard, try to rinse off the affected area as quickly as possible to rid yourself of the plant’s toxic resin.
I have never written a review on anything really, but I thought it was important in this case. I have been dealing with arthritis for probably 15 years. I was essentially given two choices: the first is take Allopurinol and hope it prevents me from getting sprouts. However, I would have to take a 20 mg pill every day, and this medication has upset my stomach in the past. Option two is to treat an outbreak when it occurs with the medication. I went this route, and took Colchicine, which is the medication to treat this. The problem is that it never seemed to work, and I recently had a terrible gout attack. I got Prednisone and it really worked miracles. I was probably 70% better after one full day, and now almost 100% after three days. I am more than satisfied with this medication!