Unfortunately some people get into contact with the poison ivy, a unique yet somewhat poisonous plant that excretes urushiol oil which serves as their protection. This oil easily gets absorbed into the skin and causes it to become irritated. Luckily a person who develops the rash will not infect others when in contact with them. However, a case of poison ivy infection can be very painful causing an individual to suffer discomfort and suffer to inability to move easily.
Generally, contact with poison ivy can definitely cause great inconvenience. In case contact with the plant occurs and skin gets affected, there are home remedies that one can use in treating the condition.
When it comes to natural home cures and remedies for poison ivy, one of the most common is the Jewelweed. One should gently rub the leaves of this plant to the irritated part of the skin to stop itching and further development of rash. Jewelweed likewise has juice that can be found on its hollow stems. An affected person can extract the juice and rub it on the areas, allowing it to dry up to hasten the healing process. Jewelweed is known to cure poison ivy infection in as short as 3 days.
Another common home remedy for the treatment of infection from poison ivy is Goldenseal. One can try mixing a tablespoon of goldenseal root in the form of powder with warm water. After it has cooled down, one can dab the solution into the affected skin areas. The anti-inflammatory properties of this herb are sure to help in rapidly drying up the poison ivy blisters and rashes.
One of the most common ingredients that can be found in any kitchen is the oatmeal. Luckily, it is also very effective in the treatment of skin infected by poison ivy. Application of cooked oatmeal to the skin can be very soothing. However, the powdery finish, if it is left to dry on the affected skin will treat the poison ivy rashes and hastens healing. There are some cases wherein most skin parts are infected; hence a good oatmeal bath that’s enough to coat the whole body is very effective in healing the poison ivy rash.
Vitamins on the other hand are likewise great in healing the skin of rash caused by poison ivy specifically vitamins E and C. Vitamin E in the form of capsules are filled with oil. One has to open up the capsule and rub the oil into the affected area. In the case of Vitamin C, one can dissolve a tablet in warm water and use this to wash the infected area. Anyone can also use lemon or orange by squeezing its juice into the skin as an effective wash. For those with sensitive skin, dabbing the juice can do the trick.
Needless to say, the best remedy for treating a case of poison ivy is not to get in contact with the plant. People should stay away from the leaves and vines of the poison ivy in order to avoid getting into contact with its oil, which is the main reason why discomforting rash develops in the first place.
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