Ever wonder if there are any poison ivy treatments you can use from your home? Having a poison ivy rash can cause a burning sensation, skin irritation, and even fever. The rash can quickly spread in three days—especially if you keep scratching the affected area and leaving it untreated. The good news is there are products probably lying around your house that can be used as a poison ivy treatment.
What Are The Best Poison Ivy Treatments Found At Home?
1. Soak In A Bath With Baking Soda
Baking soda has many uses in the world of natural remedies, including treatment of poison ivy rash. Mix half a cup of baking soda into your bath water and soak yourself to relieve the itch. You can also make a paste out of it. Mix a small amount of baking soda with water, then apply it to the affected area and let it dry. Wait for about 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off.
2. Make An Oatmeal Paste
Make a paste from oatmeal and apply it on the affected area. You can also cook the oatmeal very thick, then apply it on the rash while the oatmeal is still warm. Be careful not to burn yourself by using hot oatmeal. If you want a faster result, try adding baking soda in your oatmeal paste before applying it to your poison ivy rash.
3. Apply Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a well-known plant for skin treatment, including moisturizing dry skin, getting rid of acne, and poison ivy treatment. You can directly apply the aloe vera to the affected area. If there’s no available plant near you, there are high-quality organic versions of aloe vera you can purchase. Using aloe vera juice can also help, but it will not be as effective.
4. Dry It Out With Himalayan Crystal Salt
Since poison ivy causes the skin to be red and wet, using salt will help dry it out. It will also help pull the poison out of your body. You can take a salt bath or make a paste using purified water and apply it to the infected area. Bathe with it for around 20 minutes.
5. Rub On A Banana Peel
While using a banana peel is an “old-wives” tale and may be a bit strange, it can actually relieve the itchy feeling caused by the rash. Rubbing the peel gives a cooling effect on the infected area. You don’t need to leave the peel on the rash once you’ve rubbed it in. Leave it on for 15 minutes for its magic to take effect, then wash it off.
6. Try a Few Drops of Lemon Juice
Lemon juice contains antibacterial and antioxidant properties, making it one of the best natural astringents. In addition, it can be used as a natural poison ivy treatment. Squeeze some lemons, then apply the juice directly to the affected skin. This is best done immediately after you get in contact with the poison ivy plant to prevent the plant’s oil from fully penetrating into your skin.
7. Wash With Cool Running Water
This is probably the simplest way to relieve yourself from a poison ivy rash. Wash the affected skin with soap under cool running water right after you get in contact with the poison ivy plant to avoid spreading the rash. Be mindful not to use hot water as it may irritate the skin even more.
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Be careful with the plants you come in contact with. It’s best to stay away from the things you don’t know rather than finding yourself in an itchy situation. However, if you accidentally get a rash, these natural poison ivy treatments will help you handle the pain, itch, and irritation.
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