It was fun to play outside when I was young. We lived in a suburban area with unused land on both sides of our subdivision. One day, when I was about 12 years old, I was outside exploring. I touched something I thought was just another weed.
It turned out to be more than a weed. This was a horrible time for me. It started with my arms itching a little bit. Then it became worse to the point that I was making my arms turn red. I told my mother about all the itching and she asked me if I touched any plants. She said it looked like poison ivy. The thing I remember most about having poison ivy is the calamine lotion. By the time my mother was done with me, my arms were covered with it. The itching doesn’t stop right away. My mom had to use the lotion several more times because I wouldn’t stop itching it off. It feels good when the lotion is put on, but it takes time to stop the itch. She put the calamine lotion on my arms for several days.
In my experience, having poison ivy was worse than the chickenpox. Maybe it’s because it covered most of my arms. Itching my arms felt good at first, but then it started to hurt. I finally stopped itching because you itch your skin until it’s raw. Then you don’t want to itch it anymore because it’s painful. After I was done itching my arms, they looked horrible.
My biggest struggle with the poison ivy was to stop itching my arms. It was an awful experience for me.
If you get poison ivy, take care of it ASAP. Take a lukewarm bath or use calamine lotion right away. No matter how much you want to itch, don’t do it. Once you treat the area, you must leave it alone to give the lotion a chance to work. If the plant is on your property, put on gloves, pull it out and properly dispose of it. If you realize that you or someone with you has touched poison ivy, don’t touch anything. You must wash off the area that was in contact with the plant.