Do you know what causes poison ivy rash? It’s the sap oil that’s made by poison ivy plants that’s responsible for irritant reactions. It’s the same substance that’s found in poison oak and poison sumac plants. If you’ve had a skin rash after coming in contact with one or more of these plants, you may already know that it’s uncomfortable, but not everyone is sensitive to these plants.
- What is poison ivy?
- What does poison ivy look like?
- Who is at risk for poison ivy?
- What causes an allergic reaction to poison ivy?
- How can I tell if I’m allergic to poison ivy?
- Is poison ivy contagious?
- What should I do if I think I have poison ivy?
- When should I call my health care provider (HCP)?
- Can I prevent poison ivy?
- Poison Ivy: Signs, Symptoms and Precautions
- Here’s How to Recognize Signs of Poison Ivy
- How to Treat Poison Ivy and Reduce Discomfort
- When to See a Doctor for Poison Ivy
- Medication for Poison Ivy Rash
- Home Remedies for Poison Ivy
- Poison Ivy Home Remedy Relief – LiveHealth Online
What is poison ivy?
Poison ivy is a plant that can cause inflammation of the skin known as “contact dermatitis”. Besides being the name of a plant, when people get the rash, they say “I have poison ivy”. The plant is found around the world, but it usually doesn’t grow in the desert or in high elevations. It usually grows in clusters in the woods, up in trees, and on the ground. Every part of the poison ivy plant; stem, leaves, root, fruit, and sap can cause an allergic reaction or contact dermatitis if a person comes in contact with it.
What does poison ivy look like?
Have you ever heard the rhyme, “Leaves of three, let them be”? Poison ivy plants are usually green with one stem and three leaves, but the leaves can also be red or brown or green with black dots depending on the weather and season.
Who is at risk for poison ivy?
Anyone of any race or ethnicity can get poison ivy. People who spend a lot of time outdoors doing activities such as mowing lawns or gardening/ landscaping are at a higher risk.
What causes an allergic reaction to poison ivy?
Most people (85%) who come in contact with it will have an allergic reaction, but it’s actually the oil from the plant called, “urushiol” that’s responsible for the rash and other symptoms. Only fifteen percent of people will NOT have an allergic reaction when they come in contact with poison ivy.
People are at risk for getting poison ivy if they:
- Directly touch a poison ivy plant
- Touch something with “urushiol” on it – for example: petting an animal that has urushiol on its coat, or coming in contact with clothing that has urushiol on it.
- Breathe in smoke fumes from burning brush (containing poison ivy). This can cause a severe allergic reaction.
How can I tell if I’m allergic to poison ivy?
Signs & Symptoms:
- Redness and swelling of skin can sometimes occur after coming in contact with urushiol.
- Rash – A raised red rash can appear within hours (or even weeks) after coming in contact with urushiol.
- Bumps and itchy blisters appear soon afterwards. Eventually the blisters open and may ooze a clear liquid. The blisters then dry up and get crusty before the rash goes away. Touching the liquid or blisters will not cause the rash to spread.
Is poison ivy contagious?
You can get poison ivy if you come in direct contact with someone else’s skin that has urushiol on it. However, you can’t get poison ivy by touching someone’s rash, blisters, or liquid from the blisters.
What should I do if I think I have poison ivy?
If you think you’ve come in contact with poison ivy, it’s important to avoid touching your eyes. Wash your skin with a special over-the-counter poison plant wash or use a degreasing soap or detergent. Lather up then rinse well with lots of water.
Once you have the rash:
Treatment: There’s no cure for poison ivy, but there are treatments to help you feel better until the symptoms go away (usually 1-3 weeks).
Try the following:
- Don’t scratch; it will only make the symptoms worse
- Take cool showers or lukewarm oatmeal baths
- Apply a cold wet cloth on the rash to help the itching
- Gently apply soothing lotion (ex. Calamine) on affected skin
Certain over-the-counter products will irritate the rash. Do NOT use certain ointments such as antihistamine creams or lotions. These products contain “benzocaine” (numbing medicine). Also, avoid products that contain neomycin or bacitracin, which are antibiotic ointments.
When should I call my health care provider (HCP)?
It’s important to call your HCP if you have a severe rash, especially if the rash is around your eyes, genitals, or most of your body, if you have a lot of swelling, if any of the blisters look infected (draining pus), or your rash doesn’t go away within 2-3 weeks. If you’re not sure if the rash is poison ivy, make an appointment to get checked.
Can I prevent poison ivy?
Yes! To help prevent poison ivy:
- Find out what the poison ivy plant looks like so you can try to avoid it. Remember, you can still get poison ivy from a dead plant.
- Don’t touch pets that have spent time outdoors near poison ivy.
- Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants when you spend time in areas that may have poison ivy.
- Take a shower right after you’ve come in contact with poison ivy (or you think you may have come in contact with it). Use soap but don’t scrub your skin.
- Hose your pet down with water if you think he/she has been in contact with poison ivy in order to remove the “urushiol” from its coat.
- Use vinyl gloves instead of latex or rubber gloves if you are doing yard work.
If you’re concerned about poison ivy, here’s a tip on how to bring it up with your provider: “I was outdoors and now I have a red, itchy rash on my skin, is there anything I can do feel better?”
Poison Ivy: Signs, Symptoms and Precautions
Here’s How to Recognize Signs of Poison Ivy
Poison ivy is the most common allergy in the United States, affecting about 50 million people every year. The rash from poison ivy is caused by an allergic reaction to urushiol, an oily substance in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy, through direct contact. Urushiol is also found in poison oak and poison sumac, which means the rash can be contracted by interacting with any of the three plants.
Other than direct contact, poison ivy can spread through anything that touches the oil such as skin, pet fur, clothing etc. However, blister fluid from a rash will not cause spreading.
The best way to avoid getting poison ivy is to wash clothes, gardening tools or skin that may have touched the plant immediately upon returning indoors. Most causes of poison ivy can be treated at home with lotions and cool baths. However, if your rash is widespread on the face or genitals, a prescription medication may be needed to treat your poison ivy symptoms.
Signs of Poison Ivy: When to See A Doctor
In rare cases, medical attention is needed to treat poison ivy. If the following symptoms are present please visit your nearest American Family Care, https://www.afcurgentcare.com.
- A fever over 100 degrees F (37.8 degrees C)
- Pus or yellow scabs on your rash
- Tenderness or itching that gets worse or disturbs sleep
- A rash that covers your eyes, mouth, or genital area
- A rash that covers large areas of your body
- A large area of broken blisters, or other broken skin
- No sign of improvement after a few weeks
- Difficulty breathing
Poison Ivy Rash
You have a rash and itching. This is a delayed reaction to the oils of the poison ivy plant. You likely came in contact with it during the 3 days before your symptoms began. Your skin will become red and itchy. Small blisters may appear. These can break and leak a clear yellow fluid. This fluid is not contagious. The reaction usually starts to go away after 1 to 2 weeks. But it may take 4 to 6 weeks to fully clear.
Follow these guidelines when caring for yourself at home:
- The plant oils still on your skin or clothes can be spread to other places on your body. They can also be passed on to other people and cause a similar reaction. That’s why it’s important to wash all of the plant oils off your skin and any clothes that may have been exposed. Wash all clothes that you were wearing. Use hot water with ordinary laundry detergent.
- Don’t use over-the-counter creams that have neomycin or bacitracin. These may make the rash worse.
- Stay away from anything that heats up your skin. This includes hot showers or baths, or direct sunlight. These can make itching worse.
- Put a cold compress on areas that are leaking (weeping), or on blistered areas. Do this for 30 minutes 3 times a day. To make a cold compress, dip a wash cloth in a mixture of 1 pint of cold water and 1 packet of astringent or oatmeal bath powder. Keep the solution in the refrigerator for future use.
- If large areas of skin are affected, take a lukewarm bath. Add colloidal oatmeal, or 1 cup of cornstarch or baking soda to the water.
- For a rash in a smaller area, use hydrocortisone cream for redness and irritation. But don’t use this if another medicine was prescribed. For severe itching, put an ice pack on the area. To make an ice pack, put ice cubes in a plastic bag that seals at the top. Wrap the bag in a clean, thin towel or cloth. Never put ice or an ice pack directly on the skin. Over-the-counter products that have calamine lotion may also be helpful.
- You can also use an oral antihistamine medicine with diphenhydramine for itching, unless another medicine was prescribed. This medicine may make you sleepy. So use lower doses during the daytime and higher doses at bedtime. Don’t use medicine that has diphenhydramine if you have glaucoma. Also don’t use it if you are a man who has trouble urinating because of an enlarged prostate. Antihistamines with loratidine cause less drowsiness. They are a good choice for daytime use.
- For severe cases, your provider may prescribe oral steroid medicines. Always take these exactly as prescribed.
Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as directed. Call your provider if your rash gets worse or you are not starting to get better after 1 week of treatment.
When to seek medical advice
Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:
- Spreading facial rash with swollen mouth or eyelids
- Rash that spreads to the groin and causes swelling of the penis, scrotum, or vaginal area
- Trouble urinating because of swelling in the genital area
Also call your provider if you have signs of infection in the areas of broken blisters:
- Spreading redness
- Pus or fluid draining from the blisters
- Yellow-brown crusts form over the open blisters
- Fever of 1 degree, or higher, above your normal temperature, or as directed by your provider
Call 911 if you have severe swelling on your face, eyelids, mouth, throat, or tongue.
Date Last Reviewed: 8/1/2016
Curing poison ivy
The Medicine Hunter, Chris Kilham, gives us some natural remedies to cure poison ivy and other irritating skin conditions
Green is good, right? Yes, for the most part. But beware of poison ivy, oak and sumac – three green plants that will make you itch like crazy. These plants all cause contact dermatitis, producing redness and rash. The ingredient in these plants that causes such discomfort is called urushiol. This nasty compound is so toxic, an amount required to sit on the head of a pin will cause a rash in 500 people.
Sensitivity to urushiol-containing plants is the most common allergic skin reaction in the U.S. Over half of the population gets affected by poison ivy and its botanical cousins. And poison ivy, oak and sumac aren’t the only plants that contain urushiol. This compound also occurs on mango, cashew nut trees, India’s “ink nut,” the Malaysian rengas tree, and ginkgo trees. I have contracted terrible urushiol-related rash in the rainforest of Ghana, Africa, in Mexico, and in India – all as a result of contact with plants.
If you make contact with any of these plants, the best thing to do is wash thoroughly before reaction occurs. The company Tecnu makes a wonderful line of products specifically for poison ivy and its cousins, and washing with Tecnu soap can prevent a blooming rash. But if you miss out on catching allergy early, there are remedies you can use to help relieve the terrible itching and redness that occur.
Baking soda paste
Found in most kitchens, common baking soda is a great natural remedy for the itchiness associated with a poison ivy rash. To help relieve itching, place 1/2 a cup of baking soda in a bath tub filled with warm water. You can also mix three teaspoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of water and mix until it forms a paste. Apply this paste to the infected area to relieve itching and irritation that’s associated with a poison ivy rash.
Made from the bark of the witch hazel tree, this astringent splash relieves the itch of poison ivy and tightens skin. Wherever you have a rash, apply witch hazel. The cooling, soothing extract will not get rid of the rash, but it will calm it down.
The slippery inner part of the succulent aloe vera will help to relieve itching skin and will also speed recovery from poison ivy. Though not a cure, aloe vera helps. Compounds in aloe help to accelerate wound healing.
Tea tree oil
Derived from the Australian tea tree, this oil soothes the itch of poison ivy. Tea tree oil is anti-inflammatory, and a rash is an inflammation. So applying tea tree oil helps to reduce redness and swelling.
Fresh ocean water
I discovered this method one summer and want to pass it on. This is an outright cure. If you are near the ocean anywhere, get into the water, lightly break the poison ivy blisters with sand and let the ocean water get at it. This dries up poison ivy faster than any other treatment I know. This can get rid of poison ivy in just a day or two.
Learn to recognize poison ivy, oak and sumac. Even when they are dry, these plants leave litter that remains highly toxic. Never burn these plants in a fire. Inhaling the smoke from such a fire can kill you, and the smoke can cover your body with urushiol. Remember, for the most part, green is good. But beware of the urushiol-containing plants.
Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter who researches natural remedies all over the world, from the Amazon to Siberia. He teaches ethnobotany at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is Explorer In Residence. Chris advises herbal, cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies and is a regular guest on radio and TV programs worldwide. His field research is largely sponsored by Naturex of Avignon, France. Read more at www.MedicineHunter.com
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For the first time in my life, I have poison-something. Oak. Ivy. Sumac? All three? Ah, the fun part of country livin’.
As a tween, I used to sit on the bathroom counter for hours to tweeze, pluck and pick at everything in sight. I could take a “nothing” and turn it into a “something” in a matter of seconds. As an adult, let’s just say that I have three different sets of tweezers. It’s less about aesthetics and more for the part of me that enjoys control. So, having a bubble-like itchy rash, is well, a bit of a character builder for me. I have to admit though, that it definitely could be worse (just Google poison ivy rash), and all in all, this discomfort is worth every insanelyitchtastical bump if it was a necessary part of the new yard transformation from a hot mess to manicured…
And overgrown/sad to inviting and happy.
Now, what I have, and what hundreds of thousands of folks suffer from every year, is known as a urushiol induced rash. Urushiol is the oily allergen that is found in plants like poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak. If you touch the vines, roots or leaves of a poison plant, or touch something that has touched it (like your clothing or your pet), even if you yank it out by the roots in winter, and you are not immune (note: some folks are immune, but immunity can change), you can get a rash. Blisters. Itching. Redness. Swelling.
If you suspect that any clothing, tools or pets have touched the oil (which I have read can keep potency for years) wash well. Wash your skin using cold water and soap to keep pores closed (keeps oil from spreading/wreaking more havoc). I even read that you should throw out any clothing that came into contact with the poisonous plants, if you can part with them. Eeek. I will take my chances with that one and keep my gardening gear since all evidence points to exposed areas for me.
What I thought were scratches on my arm, turned into itch-central in about 3 days. Instead of slathering myself with chemical solutions, I dove into research instead. And as usual, I used myself as a Guinea pig to see what works best.
I can now say that I can clean up a poisonous rash like I can an overgrown yard. In a snap, and naturally.
Here’s what I experimented with and what worked wonders…
Apple cider vinegar
Pros: Works quite well for immediate itch relief. Helps remove the poison from the pores.
Cons: Strong vinegar smell. Could be a bit of a sweetheart repellant. Itch relief doesn’t last as long as I’d like.
Instructions: Apply several times a day with a cotton swab or cotton ball to affected area. You could also fill a tiny spray/misting bottle and apply multiple times a day.
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Baking soda and Oatmeal paste
I read a lot about the separate healing qualities of these two ingredients when it comes to poison ivy, so I made a healing paste out of both.
Pros: the warmth of the cooked oats is very soothing. Great itch relief (especially as it cools, takes a bit more time for relief to set in, but worth the wait) and the drying effect feels like it’s “working.” Stickier than I thought it would be so it does adhere well. Long lasting relief.
Cons: you may feel ridiculous with cereal spread on your body. Save this remedy for home—unless you work in a jokey kind of office. Then send me pics/video.
Instructions: Bring 1/4 cup rolled oats and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat and cover until all water is absorbed. Stir in 1 tbsp baking soda. Apply warm (not hot) over rash. Sit down, read a magazine and let it dry out. Carefully peel/brush off dried paste. Repeat 1-2 times a day. You can save extra paste in an airtight glass container in the fridge—simply warm on the stovetop, adding 1 tsp water at a time until you reach a consistency you like.
You can also blend this paste in a high-powered blender until smooth and then apply, for a less chunky version (preferred)—it’s more like a thick lotion (add water to reach desired consistency) blended. It looks a little Walking Deadish when dry, but it’s easy to mix in some aloe vera, blended kombu and tea tree oil. Don’t add vinegar though—the baking soda and vinegar will create a chemical reaction.
I have read that you can also add plain oatmeal or oat flour to your bathtub for an itch-relieving soak (keep the baking soda out of the bath—it could burn nether regions). Didn’t try this one, but I bet it is lovely with a few drops of lavender oil and a handful of epsom salt before bed.
Best rinsed off in the shower once dried so you can easily rub off without adding to the itch-factor.
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Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
You want to use the gel scraped from a real aloe plant for maximum benefit. I highly recommend keeping an aloe plant at home for smoothies (aids digestion), cooking burns/sun burns/wounds (there is no better remedy around), face masks (hydrating) and even insect bites and stings (relieves pain and itching).
Pros: Helps prevent infection and heals the skin thanks to antibacterial properties that soothe/heal irritation, swelling and redness. Cooling, soothing feeling. I liked applying this at night and then watching every morning as the rash got smaller and smaller.
Cons: I didn’t really experience any except that it wasn’t the best itch reliever. Love me some aloe vera though.
Instructions: Slice 1″ fresh aloe leaf in half and using a spoon or butter knife, scrape out the gel and apply to rash. Store unused leaves in the fridge or add to a smoothie. Apply gel several times a day with a cotton swab or cotton ball to affected area. You could also fill a spray/misting bottle with a gel blend and apply multiple times a day. Simply mix fresh aloe gel and a bit of water in the blender until smooth.
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Tea Tree Oil
Pros: due to its antiseptic, antifungal and drying properties, Tea Tree oil helps to minimize rash after a few days of use.
Cons: Doesn’t immediately relieve itching. Strong smell.
Instructions: Apply with a cotton swab multiple times a day.
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I read that “a swim in the ocean did wonders” for one man, so I got to thinkin’… what about a mineral/salt-rich kombu blend? Yes. Yes. YU know I love kombu. I use it to boost the nutrients and growth for plants in my garden, too.
Pros: drying to rash and very healing/soothing to skin. Excellent, quick itch relief.
Cons: Mild sea smell. A tad unsightly—looks like dirt dried—a remedy best used at home.
Instructions: Soak a 2″ piece of kombu in 1/2-3/4 cup water. Add to blender and mix until as smooth as possible (the blender will heat it up a bit which feels nice). Using a cotton swap or cotton ball, apply to affected area and allow to dry. Store extra in the fridge. Can be mixed in with Oatmeal and Baking Soda Paste.
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And while my city slicker behind now knows what to look for (I guess I forgot about the childhood “leaves of three, leave them be”), I imagine that poison ivy may strike again in my future.
I am adding a sweet fern to my soon-to-be-mostly-edible yard. Sweet fern leaves can be boiled fresh (or dried) to create a “brew” that speeds recovery and relieves the itching from urushiol induced rashes. Sweet fern can also be tossed onto a campfire (or chiminea fire) to drive away pesky bugs without chemicals like DEET. And while it isn’t sweet in flavor, it smells like sweet hay and can be used to make tea. I will plant it with my strawberries (and next to my raspberry bush) since it is also known to keep berries fresh longer. More on sweet fern later…
I have added a homeopathic remedy called Rhus Tox to my life. Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the principal that “like cures like,” in a tiny dilution, so Rhus Tox (short for Rhus toxicodendron) is actually made from distilling the oil from Poison Ivy. It’s used to cure the reaction (to many poisonous plants) and even prevents a Poison Ivy reaction for up to a full year if taken in regular doses. Rhus Tox is also known to help people with minor arthritis pain and swelling. It comes in a tincture and tablet form. I will be taking this and hopefully I won’t have another case of poison ivy to report. Ever. Again. I’ll let YU know.
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How to Treat Poison Ivy and Reduce Discomfort
Unless you have a severe reaction, you should be able to treat a poison ivy rash without seeing a doctor.
Benadryl, aloe vera, and calamine lotion may all reduce the discomfort of a poison ivy rash. Alamy; ; Thinkstock
When it comes to reducing the discomfort caused by a poison ivy rash, the best strategy is prevention — not letting the plant’s toxic oil, called urushiol, come into contact with your skin in the first place.
But accidents happen, and sometimes exposure can’t be prevented. Luckily, most reactions to poison ivy aren’t severe and can be treated at home.
In more severe cases, though, medical attention is necessary to control symptoms and prevent any complications that could cause lasting damage.
When to See a Doctor for Poison Ivy
In most cases, it’s not necessary to see a doctor for a rash caused by poison ivy. But if your reaction is particularly severe or long-lasting, you should seek medical attention.
A severe reaction to poison ivy usually means that “a large body surface area is covered, or there’s extreme inflammation with open skin,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Other situations in which you should get your rash checked out by a professional include the following:
- You also have a fever over 100 degrees F (37.8 degrees C).
- There’s pus or yellow scabs on your rash.
- Tenderness or itching keeps getting worse or disturbs your sleep.
- The rash covers your eyes, mouth, or genital area.
- There’s no sign of improvement after a few weeks.
- You’re having difficulty breathing after inhaling smoke from burning poison ivy (1).
It’s important to remember that a poison ivy rash is a type of allergic reaction, and that any allergic reaction can be severe — causing extreme swelling and difficulty breathing or swallowing. While rare, this is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. (2)
RELATED: What Is Anaphylaxis?
Medication for Poison Ivy Rash
If you see a doctor for a severe reaction to poison ivy, you may be prescribed a course of oral steroids, such as prednisone, to reduce inflammation.
You may also be prescribed an antibiotic if your rash has become infected, which can happen if you scratch it and introduce bacteria from your fingernails — especially if you break open any blisters in the process. (3)
Most of the time, though, you’ll be treating poison ivy on your own, and a number of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are available to reduce swelling and discomfort, including:
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) These drugs reduce both pain perception and inflammation, so they can actually reduce the severity of your reaction while making you feel it less.
Popular NSAIDs include Advil and Motrin (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen).
Oral Antihistamines While a number of drugs in this category exist, the best choice for poison ivy is probably Benadryl (diphenhydramine), since most other options have a weaker effect. (3)
One side effect of diphenhydramine that may be helpful — if you take it at the right time — is drowsiness, since discomfort from poison ivy can make it difficult to sleep.
Calamine Lotion This lotion contains a combination of zinc oxide and ferric oxide, and has been used since ancient times to soothe skin irritation.
Calamine lotion can also help dry out irritated areas, which can be helpful if your poison ivy reaction includes blistering.
Home Remedies for Poison Ivy
Beyond drugs, there are a number of other approaches you can take to reduce the discomfort of a poison ivy rash and even help facilitate healing.
The first step, though, is one that many people forget — to wash the affected area and any object that may have come into contact with poison ivy.
“Do your best to wash the area immediately with a gentle cleanser,” Dr. Zeichner advises. “Also make sure to wash your clothing in lukewarm soapy water.”
Once that important business is taken care of, here are some other home remedies to try:
Cool, Wet Compresses This involves soaking a towel in cold water, squeezing out excess moisture, and applying it to the affected area for 15 to 30 minutes several times a day.
While applying a hot compress may relieve itching quickly, it doesn’t help speed up the healing process and may even prolong it, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
For this same reason, it’s best to avoid hot water when you bathe or shower.
Oatmeal or Baking Soda Baths Soaking the affected area in a cold or lukewarm bath containing water and either oatmeal or baking soda can help dry blisters and ease itching, according to the American Skin Association.
To make an oatmeal bath, grind a cup of oats in a food processor or coffee grinder until they have a fine, powdery texture. Run a lukewarm bath and mix in the oats.
If you can’t grind the oats, place whole oats in a muslin or cheesecloth bag or knee-high pantyhose and allow them to steep in the bath water. This method will make cleanup easier.
For a baking soda bath, add half a cup of baking soda to your bath water, then soak in it.
Heavy-Duty Moisturizer Zeichner recommends applying a serious moisturizer to help protect the affected area from irritation.
Good choices include lotions that contain petrolatum, such as Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair, which Zeichner believes strikes a good balance between protection and not feeling greasy or heavy.
Poison Ivy Home Remedy Relief – LiveHealth Online
Poison ivy is nearly impossible to avoid if you and your kids love the outdoors. You can try at home remedies to treat poison ivy and help ease the pain (and the itch!) with simple ingredients from the garden and pantry.
Make sure that before trying out any of these remedies you first wash the area with soap and water thoroughly, along with any affected clothing.
- Cover the rash with a paste made from cold coffee and baking soda. First put about a half a cup baking soda in a bowl and slowly add cool coffee to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to your blisters to remove the poison.
- Take a warm bath with oatmeal or Epsom salt. Use about one cup of oatmeal or two cups of Epsom salt in a full bathtub.
- Rub a banana peel or a watermelon rind over the rash and don’t rinse it off. Allow it to dry naturally. This will help get relief from the itchiness caused by the rash.
- Make a paste from one tablespoon of turmeric root powder with equal parts of lime or lemon juice and apply to the affected area. This spice has great anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
- Whip a potato into a paste in your blender. Spread it onto your skin and cover with plastic wrap. Potato is an anti-inflammatory, which makes it an effective home remedy to heal poison ivy.
If these homemade remedies aren’t enough and you’re experiencing extreme discomfort or a spreading rash, you can have an online doctor chat using LiveHealth Online.