Understanding and Treating Poison Ivy
Poison ivy can be terrible as you may experience itching and burning. You can get this from touching the plant or touching something that it has touched. It can spread from your clothes, pet and to your skin. You can even get poison ivy in your throat if the plant has been growing into the log and it is being burned while you inhale the smoke.
If you come in contact with poison ivy it is important to immediately wash your hands afterwards. Avoid scrubbing your skin with warm or hot water as this can cause the urushiol, (the chemical that causes the rash from poison ivy), to penetrate into your skin. Run cool water over it. Be sure not to use a bar of soap on the area of your skin as it could get picked up onto the bar of soap and spread elsewhere on your body.
Here are some ways that you can treat poison ivy:
Milkweed: Milkweed is a great way to treat poison ivy. Although this cannot prevent the poison ivy from happening, after you experience a breakout, dab the milkweed on the the area. You should notice relief within 15 minutes.
Flaxseed: You can take flaxseed orally along with your vitamins every morning. You can sprinkle flaxseed on your cereal or oatmeal or take it the flaxseed oil as liquid or a tablet. This is a great way to keep your body healthy and get rid of the poison ivy quickly.
Aloe: Aloe Vera is a perfect way to relieve burning that poison ivy may give you. Rub this on a few times a day to give yourself relief. The cooling sensation will relieve your burning and itching skin for temporary relief.
Baking Soda: This remedy can be found right in your kitchen. Simply add a cup of baking soda to your bath and soak in this mixture to relieve the burning that the poison ivy may have caused.
Banana Peel: This is another kitchen remedy. After you have eaten a banana, use the peel to rub on your skin. This will allow the blisters to dry up quickly and your poison ivy will heal in no time.
Borax: Borax is a type of laundry detergent you would normally use to wash your clothes. You can also use it to get rid of poison ivy. Mix a small amount of borax with some water to make a paste like substance. Rub this onto the area of your skin until it is gone. This will help make your poison ivy itch go away quickly.
Tea Bath: A tea bath works great to help cure the poison ivy. Place tea bags in your bath and soak in there for at least a half hour. The tea bags contain caffeine that will allow you to feel better in no time. Make sure the tea bags are not herbal or decaffeinated.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar can kill and draw out the toxins from poison ivy. You can soak a piece of paper towel or a brown paper bag or wash cloth in apple cider vinegar and then place this on the poison ivy rash.
Rubbing Alcohol: It is a good idea to take rubbing alcohol with you when you are going to be in areas where there is poison ivy. Using a piece of kleenex, swipe it on your skin immediately after contact can slow down and minimize the discomfort and also keep the urushiol from penetrating the skin.
If you have an extreme allergic reaction to poison ivy, it is important to see a doctor to get treatment. Again, it is important not to scratch the affected area of your skin to prevent spreading. By trying these few treatments, you should feel relief within a few short weeks.