What Is the Healing Process of Poison Ivy Rash?

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What Is the Healing Process of Poison Ivy Rash?

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Poison ivy rash is an allergic skin reaction caused by the sap oil of the poison ivy. It can be identified from the pictures below.

Poison Ivy leaves
The rash often begins after a 12 to 48 hours of the exposure. The result can range from mild red bumps to an intense allergic reaction of swelling, blistering, and oozing.

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The rash will frequently break out in stages and continue spreading for the first 1 or 2 days. If new areas of rash appear after 3 days, you are probably get re-exposed to the plant oils. The oils are most likely from contaminated cloting, tools, or even your cat or dog. Moreover, inhaling smoke from the buring poison ivy also causes an allergic reaction.

Mild cases can last 5 to 12 days. More severe cases can last up to 30 days or longer. Here are some tips that helps you to heal faster:

Cool Compresses

Try using a towel or wash cloth soaked in plain tap water, Epson salt water, or astringent solution on the rash. This will relieve the intense itching and make you feel better. Do it a couple of times a day

Lotions
After cooling your skin, coat the rash with a lotion such as Calamine. This helps to further relieve the itching and dry up the blisters.

Antihistamines
Benadryl is available over-the-counter without prescription and can also help with the itching. Taking Benadryl at nighttime will make most people drowsy and help them sleep through the night without itching.

Steroids
In moderate to severe cases of poison ivy rash, it is a good idea to see your doctor. Sometimes an oral corticosteroid such as prednisone may be useful.

 

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