This is what POISON IVY looks like! (Remember: "Leaves of three - let it be!" and "Berries white - poisonous site!") Each year, many people become allergic to poison ivy by coming in contact with it. They then experience a very itchy and uncomfortable rash called acute allergic contact dermatitis from touching poison ivy. Then, when the person comes in contact with poison ivy again, they get a new outbreak of poison ivy dermatitis which is frequently more severe.
Unfortunately, a lot of people cannot avoid poison ivy (eg. gardeners, landscapers, hikers, construction workers, scout leaders, and electric linemen). They suffer each year from severe itchy blistering eruptions which occur after touching the poison ivy plant. Even with protective clothing, and topical Ivy Block, many people still break out from poison ivy. Some of these people actually have to quit their jobs because of poison ivy sensitivity!
So, is it possible to PREVENT poison ivy dermatitis?
In a clinical study of 455 patients who were known to be allergic to poison ivy, Dr. Elmer R. Gross, MD found that oral administration of a stabilized and diluted homeopathic extract of poison ivy HELPED PREVENT further cases of itchy poison ivy dermatitis. This homeopathic medicine was given for six weeks prior to outdoor exposure to poison ivy, and then was given three times a week for the remainder of the summer. He found that 350 of the 455 patients (77%) either were free of poison ivy rashes or experienced milder poison ivy reactons at the end of poison ivy season after having taken this homeopathic remedy. I77 of the 455 patients studied were employees of Asplundh Tree Service, Inc. and were known to be regularly exposed to poison ivy through their occupation as tree service workers.
Dr. Gross even performed patch testing on at least two of patients in the study. His patch testing confirmed that they were indeed allergic to poison ivy before taking the homeopathic medicine. As he had predicted, both patients' patch tests (done after taking the homeopathic medicine) showed negative results, which indicated that the homeopathic medicine had worked to successfully prevent poison ivy reactions. Note, both patch tested patients were known to have been exposed to poison ivy through summertime activities such as camping and scouting during the summer when they participated in the study, yet they both remained free of poison ivy dermatitis which they had regularly suffered with prior to taking the homeopathic poison ivy preventative medicine. Only 2 of the 455 patients (0.4%) had adverse effects (1 had "nausea and GI discomfort" and one had "intolerance or GI side effect"). Thus, the homeopathic medicine was safe and well-tolerated. (Reference: Gross ER. Industrial Medicine & Surgery. 1958: 27 (March); 142-144.) For a free pdf copy of Dr. Gross' prevention of poison ivy article, please scroll down towards the bottom of this page & click pdf icon.
If you are one of these people who experience recurrent poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac dermatitis, please schedule an office consultation with Dr. Signore to learn how to PREVENT poison ivy dermatitis!
You can contact Dr. Signore's dermatology office at: (708) 429-2992 or firstname.lastname@example.org