What Home Remedies Are Best Used for Poison Ivy Rash?

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What Home Remedies Are Best Used for Poison Ivy Rash?

A:
Poison ivy rash is an allergic skin reaction caused by the sap soil of the plant poison ivy. It is easy to diagnose your rash by looking at it without further testing. The treatments for the rash are usually self-care methods, and the rash recovers on its own in two to three weeks. The common home remedies you can take to control the itching and blisters are as follows.

  • Wash the skin thoroughly with soap and warm water, ideally within half an hour.
  • Apply an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream for the first few days.
  • Apply calamine lotion.
  • 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.
  • Take oral antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl, others), which may also help you sleep better.

If the rash develops into a severe and widespread allergic reaction, especially around your face or genitals, please go to see your doctors immediately.

 

Keywords: home remedies; poison ivy rash; itching; calamine lotion

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