Poison ivy or poison oak is mainly found in North America. The plant is famously infamous for causing severe allergy and skin rashes.
Poison Ivy Home Remedies
Home remedies have proven very effective in treating the various symptoms associated with poison ivy. However, one needs to be very regular with the remedies and follow them religiously to successfully treat the rashes.
The quickest way to get instant relief from the burning sensation caused by poison ivy is to pour cold water on the skin immediately. You can also use cold pack treatment to reduce the burning sensation caused by poison ivy. Application of ice cubes directly on the skin will help decrease the swelling as well. You must also wash your clothes, pets and other household items in cold water.
Apply a thin layer of calamine lotion on the affected area. The cooling properties of the calamine will help reduce the inflammation and burning of the skin.Don’t let the lotion dry. Keep re-applying layers of lotion on the damaged parts of the skin. Calamine lotion is especially useful in preventing one from scratching the itching skin. The lotion will also help reduce the redness on the skin.
In order to treat poison ivy allergy it is best to use brown cornstarch powder in place of white cornstarch powder.Prepare a paste of cornstarch powder by adding adequate amounts of cold water in it. Apply a thin layer of the paste on the affected areas. Re-apply the paste every time you feel the need to scratch the areas.
Prepare a bath tub with cold water and add three cups of boric powder in the bath tub. Mix the powder well in the water. Let it stand for two minutes and then get inside the tub. Soak the affected parts of your body in the boric powder solution for 10-15 minutes. This treatment is very effective and should be done before retiring to bed at night. It will help you sleep better.However, the treatment is not restricted to night alone; you can take boric solution bath anytime of the day and as many times as you want. The treatment is excellent for reducing inflammation and itching of the skin.
Aloe Vera Gel
Take a fresh leaf of aloe vera plant. Carefully remove the green skin of the leaf. You will get jelly-like transparent substance. Collect this in a bowl and mash it well. You can even add a little cold water to it to form a paste of spreadable consistency.Apply the aloe vera gel on the affected parts of the skin. Aloe vera gel is excellent for reducing inflammation, itching and redness caused by poison ivy. You can even refrigerate the gel for more cooling effect.