Poison ivy treatment does not have to be expensive or involve prescription medications in most cases.
Poison ivy treatment combines methods to stop the itching and burning while helping new skin cells to replace the damaged ones. There are numerous natural home remedies said to stop the itching and dry up the skin so that the affected layers will fall off, leaving healthy unblemished new skin behind. These can include home remedies and more conventional treatment like cream to help with the swelling, rashes and itching. We’ll touch on both here breifly, though you can find more about some of the more common treatments in our other articles.
Home Treatments Rumored To Help
Baking soda is a very effective home remedy that can stop the itching and burning while eliminating the damaged skin layers. Create a paste from equal parts of water and baking soda, then apply this paste to any skin that has a poison ivy rash. This is said to cool the burning and stop the itching sensation immediately. Our experience shows mixed results, it may be worthwhile to give it a try.
Don’t Try This At Home
There are some treatments that are no longer used because of the dangers of damage to your skin, and bleach is the biggest one of these. Years ago, straight bleach was believed to be helpful when used on a poison ivy rash, because it removes dead and damaged skin and stopped the itching. Bleach, however, will cause damage to healthy skin, and is a harsh and caustic chemical that should never be used on your skin in any circumstances. There are other treatment methods that will give more effective relief without damaging the healthy skin underneath.
Another no-no is also commonly used unfortunately. Some claim using hot water or hot air will help dry out the rash, and stop the itching and discomfort that poison ivy causes. Showering with hot water as hot as your unaffected skin can stand without burning is said to provide very effective relief, as is blowing warm air from a hairdryer on the rash in an attempt to also help to dry out any blisters. While it’s true that drying out the rash is the quickest way to get rid of it, these methods aren’t very effective nor are they a good idea to begin with.