Home Health & Personal Care
ivy treatment and remedies
The summer season
brings close encounters of the itchy variety, and poison ivy
is no exception. If you have had a reaction to poison ivy,
here's what you need to do!
First, if you or
your child was just exposed, jump in the shower or wash of
IMMEDIATELY. There is only a window of about 5 minutes where
you can possibly wash off the sap (which is what actually
causes the poison ivy reaction) before it is too late. So
don't even wait for the water to get warm, this is an every
second counts situation!
If more than five
minutes has passed, a good washing down is recommended, as
this will help prevent the sap from spreading. If you have
it on your legs only, but then touch your legs, you can spread
the sap to your hands, and then anything (or anyone!) those
Watch for any serious
reaction, particulatly anaphylactic, as some people can have
a life threatening reaction. If there is a serious reaction,
call the hospital and/or 911 for assistance.
Once a rash has
developed, you can treat with this home remedy. In a lukewarm
bath mix 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 1/2
cup of either, if you don't have both) and soak for as long
as desired. Make sure you do use lukewarm water, as hot can
aggravate the rash.
calamine lotion is the best topical treatment.