quick relief for that poison ivy itch with
home remedies using ingredients direct from the kitchen cabinet ...
.... especially when there's no calamine lotion on hand!
to's using remedies such as oatmeal, vinegar, baking soda, and
a few other surprisingly effective & soothing treatments whenever
a poison ivy rash begins to drive you to distraction:
- Simply boil up the oatmeal in water as you normally would.
Let it cool for a few minutes, then apply warm to the affected
area, Ideally, the mixture should be applied until a thick layer
forms. It will harden as it dries. Most sufferers swear by this
treatment, which is sometimes combined with a tablespoon or
two of baking soda for extra relief from itch and oozing.
soda - This treatment has also become a classic homemade
cure, made by mixing 3 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon
of water until a thick paste forms. Apply to the rash and let
dry. Another tried-and-true method for many poison ivy sufferers
is full immersion in a soothing baking
soda bath by adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to the bath water.
• Hydrocortisone cream - the over-the-counter anti-itch cream also helps to reduce swelling.
- Just sprinkle liberally on rash or blisters for instant relief
Typical rash & blistering caused by poison ivy.
the smell may not be to everybody's liking, vinegar seems to
help draw out the "poison" from poison ivy while it
also helps healing. White
distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar seem to work best.
peel - Touted by many as a homemade "miracle cure",
the inside of a banana peel rubbed on poison ivy rashes seems
to bring instant, cooling relief.
By some accounts, banana skins may even do the trick when all
other poison ivy treatments fail.
Vera gel - A logical alternative, aloe
vera is known to heal minor skin cuts and bring relief from
sunburn, so apply liberally to affected areas to help sooth the
itch and aid in healing.
liquid - Perhaps the most practical treatment of all, dishwashing
liquid's anti-grease agents make it a common-sense remedy for
poison ivy when applied liberally from the bottle at full strength.
Simply wash off with cool water.
Very rapid redness and unusually high swelling are two major
symptoms that occur in those who suffer from severe allergic reactions to poison ivy. If
this is the case, forgo any homemade treatments and SEE A DOCTOR
More about poison ivy, oak & sumac around the Web:
"Leaves of three, let it be." How to identify poison ivy.