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It’s hunting season. That means hunters young and old are headed into the woods to encounter all sorts of things – the most common complaint being poison ivy. As a child I was told “Leaves of three, let it be” but sometimes you still come into contact with it. Not everyone who comes into contact will actually react to it – only about 7 out of 10 people will. For those that do you want relief and you want it fast.
What is it? How do you get it?
Poison ivy comes from a weed looking plant that secrets a toxin called urushoil. When your skin comes into contact with this it causes contact dermatitis. Usually, you get poison ivy by coming into contact with any part of the plant itself. However, you can also get it from coming in contact with something else that has come into contact with the plant – such as a dog that has rolled in it.
Can you treat it naturally? How?
Oatmeal and Baking Soda–Oatmeal and baking soda work wonders on the itch. Make a paste or add to a bath to sooth the itching. For a bath add online casino about 3/4 a cup to warm bath water.
Jewelweed – Often can be found near poison ivy and can be crushed and applied to the area. You also might be able to find salves or lotions that already contain it.
Aloe Vera – I simply love aloe vera. This plant can help heal the irritated skin – it is very anti-inflammatory and soothing. If you keep a plant like I do (that is really low maintenance then it is something you already have one hand, too. You simply cut off a piece of it and apply.
Tea Tree oil – Make sure you have washed the area and then apply tea tree oil. The antiseptic oil helps to dry up the rash quickly – especially if it is wanting to blister. It also helps with the itching. You will likely need to reapply every few hours. (In order to not irritate your already irritated skin you might want to use a carrier oil)
ACV – Apply to the rash as need to reduce the itching.
Witch hazel – Reduces the itching and swelling and can help to stop blisters.
- You don”t scratch – scratching just irritates the rash and your likely to make it much worse. You also run the risk of ending up with a scar from scratching. Use one of the remedies above to sooth.
- Try to keep it dry – keeping it dry will help it heal faster!
- Make sure to wash whatever you came into contact to get it – clothes, shoes, the dog.
**Please keep in mind that while the majority of the population that contracts poison ivy can be treated at home few people DO have a severe reaction to it. If that happens seek medical attention.
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