How to Cure and Treat Poison Ivy Rash?

Q:
How to Cure and Treat the Poison Ivy Rash?

A:
Typically the rash will goes away on its own in two to three weeks, but the itching can be hard to deal with and make it difficult to sleep. So, you can take some self-care methods to ease the pain and itching. Here are some steps:

  • Apply an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream for the first few days.
  • Apply calamine lotion.
  • Take oral antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl, others), which may also help you sleep better.
  • Soak in a cool-water bath containing an oatmeal-based bath product (Aveeno).
  • Place cool, wet compresses on the affected area for 15 to 30 minutes several times a day.

If the rash is severe or widespread, especially around the face or genitals, please go to your doctor’s immediately.

Keywords: rash; poison ivy; itching; cure

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