Poison Ivy, Sumac and Poison Oak: Home Remedies to Treat

Okay, it’s starting to warm up around the US and this means more people are doing outdoors activiites. This means sports, taking nature walks, camping, 4 wheeling and hitting areas that have vegetation. But there are also other areas to be cautions about for growths of poison ivy, poison sumac and poision oak that can lead to a rash: They can be in your backyard, near fences you don’t suspect and in non-rural areas.

Both poison ivy and poison oak have 3 leave clusters. Poison ivy can be a tiny shrub you see in woods and also an ivy in trees.

By brushing these plants the toxic oils can cause a skin reaction rash. The oil is called urushiol. This oil in the sap easily gets on your skin or clothing as you walk through the woods. It is best to protect yourself by not wearing shorts and a short-sleeved t-shirt. Sometimes also burning plants outside that have some of the poison ivy, sumac or oak leaves and urushiol can cause problems for people. I knew someone who had gotten a reaction when he was burning part of his backyard plants due to fire ants. This resulted in a rash reaction.

OK what do you do if you had contact with poison ivy or another plant with this toxic oil? First of all, try your best to use a good soap to wash off. Miracle II Soap is good. It isn’t always easy to wash off an oil/sap substance. Some home remedies for poision ivy include the use of calamine lotion, making a cornstarch mix with water you apply to affected areas or tea tree oil. People find that tea tree oil relieves the itching of the red rash. You can dilute with water and apply with cotton ball.

There is a plant called jewel plant that others say if put on the area of your skin with poison ivy rashes will work very quickly. Where do you find this plant? It grows near nettle. Gel from the aloe vera plant is a traditional remedy. Milkweed is also used traditionally to relieve the itching and blisters of poison ivy, oak and sumac. One home remedy for poison oak people have spoken about is mixing baking soda and water. Poison ivy symptoms can be quite itchy and uncomfortable. Be careful for hidden spots where urushiol oil may be hiding. If the poison ivy rash continues it can be that little oil spots are getting back on your skin.

One easy to find item is flax seed oil. You can open up a capsule and apply directly to the poison ivy rash and you’ll get some relief.

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3 Responses to “Poison Ivy, Sumac and Poison Oak: Home Remedies to Treat”

  1. My friend got poisonivy rash from pulling weeds up at her garden. I didn’t realize it can grow there. I thought it was just in woods. She was goin crazy.

  2. Hey, is everyone allergic to the oil or do some people get the poison ivy plant oil on them and don’t get a red rash?

  3. Do the poison ivy home remedies work? Should home remedies poison oak treatment be used like corn starch or is it better to get something prescription? I also can’t tell if I have itchy skin from heat too or if it’s part of the poison ivy problem.

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