Poison ivy is a climbing plant commonly seen in United States with ternate leaves. It has got greenish flowers and white berries. It contains urushiol which is an irritating oil that cause itching and red rashes on the skin on contact. Poison ivy produces inflamed and red colored skin with red blisters or pimples.
There may be burning sensation on the skin and at times severe itching. Fever may also accompany the rashes. You may get rashes on the legs, arms, hands, feet, face genitals etc. In normal cases the symptoms may last for ten days and depending up on the severity it may extend to weeks. In extreme cases you need to go to hospital and in normal case you can try home remedies to subside the symptoms.
Remedies for Poison ivy
Dish Wash Liquid
After getting irritated with poison ivy never wash your body with warm water as warm water will disperse the oil and allow it to spread to other parts of the body. Similarly you need to avoid bath tubs for the same reason. Instead you can use cold water to wash off the affected area. Even a dish wash along with cold water may be useful to wash of the oil from your body. This is because dish wash is an anti grease agent and can remove the irritating oil from the skin surface.
Aloe vera is found to have good soothing effect on the skin as it help you to subside the irritations and cuts on the skin. Thus aloe vera helps you to get relief from the itching.
Boil oatmeal in a cup of water and make a thick paste. Then spread this paste on the affected area and allow it t dry up.
Apply vinegar on the irritated skin and this may help you to suck out the poison from the skin. It may also aids in healing the area. The vinegar for this purpose is apple cider vinegar or white distilled vinegar.
Make your diet enriched with vitamin C and bioflavonoid as it help to prevent the spreading of skin irritation and also the infection. Beta carotene and calcium may help you to fortify your immune system and thus help you to heel quickly. Food containing zinc is also good as it help you to repair the damaged tissues.