Home Remedies for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

These three plants are responsible for more cases of dermatitis than any other substances. When contact is made with any part of the plant a rash develops on the skin, this rash is cause by a reaction to a chemical compound in the resin called urushiol (one of the most potent toxins on earth) found all over the plant, some cases have been reported from people that came in contact with pets that had been in the bushes. When the plant is burned, the smoke is also irritant and can cause a reaction in the respiratory tract. Home remedies poison ivy can eliminate the pain and inflammation.

The symptoms are red pimples extremely itchy, swelling, blisters, burning, inflammation, fever and/or inflammation in the face or genitals area. The appearance of the symptoms can be between anywhere from a few hours to seven or ten days after contact with the plant. It can then spread rapidly during the next three days, especially with scratching. The areas most likely to be affected by poison ivy are the hands, arms, face or legs. Scratching the rash can spread the inflammation to other parts of the body. Redness, swelling and itching usually begin to heal after the second day that the rash appears. Normally a person can be completely healed within seven to fourteen days of coming into contact with poison ivy.

List of Home remedies for Poison Ivy we recommend:

  • Take Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, help to prevent infection and the rapid spreading of the rash cause by poison ivy and reduces swelling.

  • Take Calcium and Beta-carotene, they help to boost the immune response and to speed healing of poison ivy.

  • Take Zinc, helps to repair skin tissue damaged by poison ivy.

  • Use Calamine lotion, is good to speed healing of poison ivy. Another way to reduce itching is mixing 1 tsp. of water with 3 tsp. of one of these dry ingredients; cornstarch, baking soda, oatmeal or Epson salts. Make a paste and apply over the affected skin.

  • For cooling relief, apply over the itching area aloe vera juice, tofu or watermelon rind, they soothe and dry poison ivy immediately.

  • Calendula lotion es very good in reducing itching, limiting the spread of the rash and helping the body to heal faster.

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