In these last few days, I squeezed the remaining amounts of Zanfel from a tube I bought several years ago. It worked to reduce the itching and rash from a local PI infection on my leg. Zanfel did the job for me twice before on local PI infections so I definitely got my money’s worth. However, when I bought it, I, like others here, winched at the price and nearly put it back on the shelf. Later on, when I read through the Zanfel patent online, I was planning to try mixing toothpaste with nonoxynol-9, maybe add a little Tide and sand. But I’m glad to hear that cheaper generic versions of Zanfel are now available. Seems like the various generic versions lack the nonoxynol-9, but it’s pretty easy to add that in, and see if it really makes such a difference. (PS: Thanks vauron for posting your experiment findings.)
When taking prednisone for poison ivy, there are certain side effects to be aware of. Mental symptoms may include confusion, mood swings, a heightened sense of well being, nervousness, and personality differences. Abdominal symptoms could include indigestion, loss of appetite, and either weight loss or weight gain. Other physical symptoms include dizziness, muscle weakness, joint pain, low blood pressure, insomnia, and chronic sore throat. Women can experience changes to their menstrual cycle. Obviously, a person must have a serious case of poison ivy to make it worth the risk of the many side effects of prednisone. If your doctor prescribes prednisone, he has no doubt weighed these factors in the decision.