Ughhh, after years of never getting it, I managed to come down with an epic case of poison ivy. I'm a biologist, so I'm exposed to it pretty regularly while doing field work, but I've never gotten a rash until now. What started as a small rash on my arm has spread to both arms, my belly, my breasts, and my back. It's miserable!!! My doctor said she could prescribe prednisone, but I'm really hesitant to take anything. In the meantime I'm sticking with cortisone cream, calamine lotion, ice, and colloidal oatmeal baths. Does anyone else have any good home remedies to help me keep my sanity? Should I bite the bullet and take the prednisone?