Get Some Relief From Rashes Caused By Poison Ivy.
Many people develop an itchy rash that causes lines or streaks after being in contact with poison ivy. This rash is caused by an oil called urushiol, which is found in the plants.
The rash usually goes away in few weeks. In the meantime, you can use the following home remedies to make the skin feel more comfortable.
……..Fortunately, the oils don’t always go to work immediately, especially on dirty or work-hardened hands. If you come in contact with poison ivy, wash up at once and launder your clothes using old yellow laundry soap or boraxo to cut the oil. (Soaps made with fat are ineffective.)
If you become affected, there is no shortage of remedies, but many of them are useless and some can even make matters worse.
- Mild cases can be helped by calamine lotion, over-the-counter cortisone creams, and saltwater soaks, but severe cases require prescription cortisone.
- A barrier cream, IvyBlock, containing quaternium-18 bentonite, which bonds with the urushiol, promises to be effective 68%of the time, if applied before any contact with poison ivy.
- Eradicating poison ivy is probably the best way to remain itch-free. The plants can be destroyed by covering them with black plastic or spraying them with appropriate herbicides. But beware—even dead plants are infectious.
…….George and Becky Lohmiller
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