The effects of poison ivy may not be comparable to anything, and although the resulting rush will go away on its own in a few weeks, dealing with the irritation part might be unbearable.
It’s referred to as contact dermatitis. The North American plant causing it is also similar to oak and sumac.
So, if you suspect your skin might have come into contact with the oil of this plant, then there is a wide array of treatments that may take away the itchy sensation on your skin almost immediately.
In cases where the bumpy blisters may have spread in the body, I bet your doctor would prescribe some oral corticosteroids.
At times the blisters may develop an infection, then an oral antibiotic would be the right choice from the doctor.
However, speedy measures taken against the poison ivy oil rub on the skin might spare you the much hustle for medical treatment.
If you suspect that your skin came into contact with the plant, the first thing is a thorough wash of the skin area with cool soapy water.
That is just the tip of the iceberg, here are other refreshing sensational remedies to treat the ivy rush.
Cucumber Rub Remedy
It’s not a day at the spa yet, but you must agree that cucumber sits well in most salads. But did you know that cucumber acts as a remedial for skin soothing during contact dermatitis?
For maximum effect, place cucumber disks on the skin area or grind to a paste before applying to the itching skin.
“The skincare benefits of cucumber are unmatched, very hydrated, has caffeic acid and vitamin c as well.” Says dr. Tracey Durant, a Caribbean based dermatologist.
Cold Compress Remedy
Unlike most home remedies, a cold compress is a universal remedial for most skin conditions involving swelling and itching, and poison ivy is no exception.
To make a quick cold compress, place ice cubes on a plastic holder/bag, then in cold water, run a washcloth before wrapping it to the bag.
Then press gently with the home-made cold compress on the area of effect. Repeat procedure often at intervals of 2 hours.
Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy
A lot of people find a stringed liquids like chilled black tea and apple cider vinegar as a perfect alternative to ease skin irritation caused by poison ivy.
Generally, astringents tighten up skin pores and dry out oils as they cleanse the skin. The irritation reduces as the applied astringent dries up.
Conc apple cider vinegar may be used or a dilute version instead. Either way, it should be pre-tested on a small portion of the skin to test its irritation effectiveness and adjusted accordingly before use.
For practical use, soak a cotton ball on the solution and apply sparingly on the affected skin. The procedure can be repeatedly used three times a day.
Banana Peel Rub Remedy
Bananas are quite rich and resourceful when it comes to the human body. It is a dependable source of vitamin C and has a potassium compound that boosts heart health.
Whilst the manganese present is very vital for a healthy body; the banana peel can be of use to treat ivy rash on the skin.
Rub the inner side of the peel to the affected surface to ease the irritation.
A watermelon rind can also be used as an alternative to counter the rash.
Baking Soda Dust-Off Remedy
You’ve probably known baking soda, or as is commonly called bicarbonate of soda from your pantry shelf. Apart from its leavening agents, bicarbonate of soda has other uses and is also frequently used to remedy several health conditions.
For a poison ivy treatment, there are numerous approaches to it. “While it’s effective, removing it can get messy,” teases Dr Durant.
Wet the skin area of effect with water and dust it generously with baking soda. Alternatively, for a blistering rush, prepare a paste from 2 tables spoon of soda and 2 parts water and apply to the affected area. The baking soda flakes off as the area dries up.
Alcohol Rub Remedy
If you are a hiker, camp addict, or you find pleasure strolling in the woods, then including rubbing alcohol in your packing checklist is a brilliant idea.
When you make contact with poison ivy, making a quick alcohol rub on the affected area will bring soothing comfort and prevent urushiol, the oily compound in poison ivy responsible for rush and irritation from sticking to your skin.
The rubbing should happen in the first 10 minutes. In a pad, or wool, wet with rubbing alcohol and gently apply to the surface of contact.
People who have had an encounter with the poison ivy have also shared their positive experiences with other remedies like the oatmeal bath and lemon juice.
But these remedies are only to offer comfort and reduce itching when dealing with the rush. However, over the counter treatments may also work effectively under the doctor’s prescription.