Last Modified on May 10, 2015
Treatment of poison ivy varies from traditional over the counter options to less conventional natural applications. The Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy Remedy is one of the most effective treatments available. However, other easier to locate and use options include jewelweed, Fels-Naptha and hot water.
What is Poison Ivy?
Poison ivy rash is a condition caused by an individual’s sensitivity to an oily resin urushiol. This resin is found in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy as well as poison oak and sumac.
Common symptoms of the condition include redness, itching, swelling and blistering of the skin. The rash is caused by direct contact with the resin via direct touch, contaminated objects or smoke inhalation from burning plants. The rash itself is not contagious.
Home Remedies for Poison Ivy
Treatments for poison ivy and other skin conditions function as treatments for allergic reactions. Eliminating the allergen and preventing further spread of the rash can be achieved with a variety of cleansing agents. Other treatments offer cooling and soothing of the skin for relief.
Jewelweed is considered the single most effective remedy for exposure to poison ivy. The naturally occurring plant contains specific chemicals that neutralize the irritating effects of poison ivy and other rashes. The compound offers relief from the irritating effects and also prevents spread of the condition.
Fels-Naptha is a chemical-free soap used in a number of home cleaning recipes, but the compound is also effective for treating poison ivy. When used immediately after exposure, the soap removes the residue that causes the poison ivy reaction. Additionally, the soap helps treat itching if lathered, applied to the affected area and allowed to dry.
Hot water is one of the simplest methods for treating poison ivy. This method works to remove any excess oil and to cut the itch of the reaction. Running the hottest water one can stand over the affected area eliminates the sensation of itching and cleanses the skin at the same time.
Poison ivy is an extremely common condition that affects nearly 50 percent of people who come into contact with the plant. These and other home remedies, however, relieve the condition and limit progression of the reaction.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I am having Poison Ivy Rush right now and what helps me for itching is the hottest possible shower and Aloe Vera Gel from Walgreens (only for couple bucks). This Gel is also fantastic for moskito bytes, sunburns and just burns. Make sure to keep it in refrigerator. It's great for babies too.
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