How to Treat Poison Ivy

Poison ivy poisoning is very common during the months of spring, when hikes become prominent and plants begin to grow. They’re fairly hard to identify as they look like a normal leaves and can be dismissed as just another leaf growing on a vine or a shrub. Here are some ways to treat Poison ivy at home.


Poison ivy causes contact dermatitis, a shower or a bath can help with the rash. If the shower is taken an hour within contact, it can greatly diminish the rash and burn. Washing anything that has come into contact with Poison Ivy, and wear gloves to protect your skin from breaking into a worse rash. When washing off, make sure to use plain soap and wash thoroughly everywhere the Poison Ivy might’ve come in contact with your body.

Take antihistamines 

Over-the-counter medication can make the itching pain go away for a bit, and help you sleep. Benadryl will make you sleep better, and calm down the itching. Other allergy medicines like Claritin can also help with the itching. The oil is almost impossible to get rid off, but these types of medications can make it easier to manage. 

Apply lotion

Treating the rash can last up to three weeks, so taking care of it is essential so it can go away. The itching may become annoying and painful, but certain lotion will help. Certain lotions can help. Using calamine lotion or hydrocortisone can reduce the itching. Itch Spray may also help. Make sure you don’t use any odor lotions as it can cause irritation. Aloe Vera may also help the itching and rash, as it can have a calming effect on the rash.

Cold towels

A cold towel or compress can help with the blisters and rash.  Putting on a cold towel can reduce explanation, and soothe the affected area. Doing this method for up to 30 minutes can help greatly. The towel can be used with apple cider vinegar and chilled black tea instead of just water. 

Call the doctor

If the swelling or rash don’t get any better and you feel like you can’t breathe, go to a doctor immediately. Symptoms like a fever, swelling in the face and itching that progressively gets worse is an indication of an allergic reaction.

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