Poison ivy is a rash that is triggered when urushiol, which is a one of the deadliest plant toxins gets in contact with the skin. Poison ivy causes swelling, blisters, and itchiness, and worse, burning sensation and extreme irritation of the skin. Some people gets a fever after getting in contact with the said toxin. Symptoms may appear from a few hours up to a week after contact with the plant. It may be tempting to scratch the affected area of the skin but it is not advisable to do so because it can spread rapidly and cause infection. Though poison ivy is not a severe condition, it can cause great discomfort when left untreated. Although nature can trigger a variety of diseases, it also provides us natural medication that can be found in the comfort of our home. Here are 3 natural ways to treat poison ivy rash:
- Oatmeal bath
Taking an oatmeal bath is an effective way in counteracting the effect of the toxin of the plant, allowing your skin to heal and prevent the poison ivy rash from worsening and spreading all throughout the body. You can prepare an oatmeal bath at home by grinding a cup of oatmeal using a blender until it becomes a fine powder. Put the powder in a cheesecloth and tie it around your faucet so it will be exposed to running water. Fill your bathtub with lukewarm water and soak yourself in it for 30 to 45 minutes. You can also try making a paste out of your oatmeal powder by mixing it with distilled water and directly applying it to the skin. It will give more relief to the swelling and itchiness.
- Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is not only good for your hair, it can also heal skin disorders such as sunburn and poison ivy rash. It is an ancient home remedy to stop the swelling and burning sensation of the skin. You may extract the gel directly from the inner flesh of the leaves or you can buy high quality aloe vera gel from organic shops. All you need to do is to put the gel on the affected area. You can continue doing it until your skin feels better. If it still doesn’t get better, go see your doctor so he can recommend ointments or medications to prevent the rash from spreading.
- Baking soda paste
Baking soda paste is known to treat poison ivy rash especially with red blisters. To make baking soda paste, mix 3 teaspoons of baking soda in 1 teaspoon of distilled water and continuously stir it until a paste is formed. Apply the paste on the affected area and let it dry. It will automatically flake off once dried. If the blisters are making you uncomfortable, prepare a mixture of 2 teaspoons baking soda in 1 liter of water. Soak the sterile gauze pads in the mixture and use it to cover your blisters at least 10 minutes, 4 times a day. You must take extra precaution when using the gauze pads on your face. Avoid contact with the eyes because it will irritate your eyes. You may also use try baking soda bath for further relief.