Understanding and Treating Poison Ivy
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Understanding and Treating Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is a plant that can cause you a lot of pain. Luckily, there are a few ways to treat it right in your home.

Poison ivy can be terrible as you may experience itching and burning. You can get this from touching the plant or touching something that it has touched. It can spread from your clothes, pet and to your skin. You can even get poison ivy in your throat if the plant has been growing into the log and it is being burned while you inhale the smoke.

If you come in contact with poison ivy it is important to immediately wash your hands afterwards. Avoid scrubbing your skin with warm or hot water as this can penetrate the urushiol, which comes from poison ivy, right into your skin. Run cool water over it. Be sure not to use a bar of soap on the area of your skin as it could get picked up onto the bar of soap and spread elsewhere on your body.

Here are some ways that you can treat poison ivy:

Milkweed: Milkweed is a great way to treat poison ivy. Although this cannot prevent the poison ivy from happening, after you experience a breakout, dab the milkweed on the the area. You should notice relief within 15 minutes.

Flaxseed: You can take flaxseed orally along with your vitamins every morning. You can sprinkle flaxseed on your cereal or oatmeal or take it the flaxseed oil as liquid or a tablet. This is a great way to keep your body healthy and get rid of the poison ivy quickly.

Aloe: Aloe Vera is a perfect way to relieve burning that poison ivy may give you. Rub this on a few times a day to give yourself relief. The cooling sensation will relieve your burning and itching skin for temporary relief.

Baking Soda: This remedy can be found right in your kitchen. Simply add a cup of baking soda to your bath and soak in this mixture to relieve the burning that the poison ivy may have caused.

Banana Peel: This is another kitchen remedy. After you have ate a banana, use the peel to rub on your skin. This will allow the blisters to dry up quickly and your poison ivy will heal in no time.

Borax: Borax is a type of laundry detergent you would normally use to wash your clothes. You can also use it to get rid of poison ivy. Mix a small amount of borax with some water to make a paste like substance. Rub this onto the area of your skin until it is gone. This will help make your poison ivy itch go away quickly.

Tea Bath: A tea bath works great to help cure the poison ivy. Place tea bags in your bath and soak in there for at least a half hour. The tea bags contain caffeine that will allow you to feel better in no time.

If you have an allergic reaction to poison ivy too extreme, it is important to see a doctor to get some treatment. Again, it is important not to scratch the affected area of your skin to prevent spreading. By trying these few treatments, you should feel relief within a few short weeks.

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Comments (6)

Well done explaining poison ivy. I have had it a couple times and it isn't fun.

Really great tips, a good list!

Thank you for the help understanding poison ivy.

Poison Ivy is no fun and it is so difficult to stop it from itching. Thanks for some good home remedies. I got in some poison ivy last summer and it was miserable. I wish I had known some of your good ideas.

Thanks for the tips on treating poison ivy.

Returning to award you a vote up for a very useful well presented article.