Poison Ivy and Poison Oak are the most common allergies in the country,
affecting about half of the population. Many times one affected by Poison Ivy or
Oak will not notice until the following day, when the intense rash and itching
This intense itch is brought upon by the toxin urushiol oil, found commonly in
both Poison Ivy and Poison Oak.
Please note that approximately 15 percent of the 120 million Americans who
are allergic to poison ivy and oak have higher sensitivity to the break out of the
rash and may begin to swell 4 to 12 hours after the initial contact, instead of
the normal 24 to 48 hours. The swelling and shutting of the eyes may result,
as well as blisters soon erupting on the skin. If this occurs, it should be
handled as an emergency and a hospital should be sought immediately.
The Calamine Lotion Cure- Calamine lotion is a skin protectant that soothes
your skin by producing a cooling of the skin while diminishing the itching
When affected by poison ivy or oak, the blood vessels create gaps that leak
fluid through your skin, resulting in the formation of blisters and oozing. The
cooling of the skin allows the vessels to constrict, reducing the rate of leakage.
Another thing calamine lotion does is leaves a powdery residue that absorbs
Apply calamine lotion 3 or 4 times a day. However, discontinue its use when
the oozing stops to avoid too much dryness and possible itch rebound.
The Baking Soda Cure- Baking soda is another drying agent that can be very
effective, despite not being as soothing as calamine lotion. Remember to
discontinue its use when the oozing stops to prevent excess drying and
possible itch rebound.
Fight Poison Ivy using Oatmeal- Colloidal oatmeal too dries up oozing
blisters. Apply the oatmeal to a cotton cloth and then to the blisters.
You can also bathe in the oatmeal by adding it to the bathwater and mixing the
solution so that it spreads.
Compressions Relieve Pain- Simply soak some cotton cloth in cool water and
apply it to the rash. Now, use a fan and let it blow on it. By doing this, you gain
the same benefit of the cooling/evaporation that calamine lotion provides.
However, you don't receive the ooze absorption that the residue of the
calamine lotion provides.
The Jewelweed Cure- The application of jewelweed can halt the development
of your rash and limit its growth. Simply slit the stem and apply the juice to the
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