Poison ivy is a North American plant, which is very poisonous and produces urushiol- a liquid compound created within the plants’ sap, which causes irritation, itching, and a painful rash in people who come in contact with it. It can grow as a trailing vine, a shrub or a climbing vine on trees, or any other support. One often comes across this plant during outdoor activities, such as picnics, trekking, etc. Since it’s the delightful rainy season, and most of us enjoy spending time outdoors, there is a greater likelihood of coming across this plant.
Here are 10 home remedies that will cut down the discomfort of poison ivy causes, and even prevent further spread of infection to the other parts of the body.
Cucumber slices greatly alleviate the trouble caused by poison ivy. Place the slices on the infected area to cool down the irritation, or mash a cucumber to make a paste, and apply on the affected area to soothe the skin.
2. Banana Peels
Peel a banana and rub its inside on the skin, which has a rash. Its cooling qualities are sure to provide you relief.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
The apple cider vinegar has many medicinal qualities; therefore, it is known to be prevailing against the distress caused by poison ivy. Take a brown paper bag and soak it in apple cider vinegar. Now place it on the rash-affected skin. This draws out all the toxins from your skin.
4. Baking Soda
Make a paste of baking soda and smear it on the skin, to draw out the toxins and bring them to the surface. To smooth a rash that is red with blisters, combine 3 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water, and make a paste of it. Now apply it wherever you feel irritation. The baking soda is going to flake off when the paste dries, which will provide you some temporary relief.
You can also mix one cup of baking soda in a cool tub of water, and soak yourself in.
Poison ivy causes immense itching, and if you’ve covered yourself in an itchy rash, get yourself soaked in a bath of oatmeal. Grind a cup of oatmeal in a blender- make sure it becomes a fine powder. Now pour this powder in a clean stocking or cheesecloth. Knot it well and tie it to the faucet of the tub, so that running water washes across the suspended bag. The tub should be filled with lukewarm water. Remain in it for about 30 minutes. You can also apply an oatmeal pouch on the rash, for more relief.
6. Aloe Vera
The good old aloe vera soothes your nasty poison ivy rash. Directly apply the gel to your troubled skin. You can either buy it from your local store or use a fresh leaf.
7. Rubbing Alcohol
Remember to carry a bit of rubbing alcohol with you, when you know the place that you’re travelling to might have poison ivy. Immediately apply some rubbing alcohol, in case you come in contact with the plant, this will reduce the discomfort and slow down the rash. Rubbing alcohol prevents urushiol from completely penetrating your skin.
8. Running Water
Wash your body parts under cold running water, and use soap if you have some. This will minimize the severity of the growing rash. Avoid hot water as it will open the pores, in turn allowing toxic oils from further breaking in your skin. Also, take a bath to bring the body moisture to the top.
Potato treats various inflammatory conditions and comes handy here. Take 2-3 potatoes (usually depending on the size and intensity of the rash) and blend it well in a mixer. Apply this paste on the irritating areas.
The chlorogenic acid in coffee works as an anti-inflammatory, and helps to pacify your pain. Therefore, a cup of black coffee (it should be cold) is a good way to treat the problem.
The above stated tips are popular when it comes to fighting the horrendous poison ivy rash. The sooner you’ll have it washed, cleansed, and sterilized, the greater will be the relief.