Poison ivy rash is an allergic skin reaction to a toxic plant, poison ivy. The allergy source comes from a clear oil
in the plant's sap. When you touch the plant, you will get an itchy and sometimes painful rash.
Generally you will not need to see the doctor, because it often goes away on its own in two to three weeks
. However, you can take some self-care methods to control the itching.
The treatment and remedies are follows:
- Wash the skin thoroughly with soap and warm water, ideally within half an hour.
- Wash the clothes and any items with the plant oil on.
- Apply an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream for the first few days.
- Apply calamine lotion.
- Take oral antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl, others), which may also help you sleep better.
- Soak in a cool-water bath containing an oatmeal-based bath product (Aveeno).
- Place cool, wet compresses on the affected area for 15 to 30 minutes several times a day.
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