POISON IVY RASH -
HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES & NATURAL CURES
We've tried everything.
Homeopathic and Topical.
Rhus Tox (poison ivy) extract is indicated. We sprayed it on, swallowed and ate the pellets, too.
Lidocaine spray helped, but is very cold.
My friend suggested Clearasil Plus, it dried out the rash more rapidly. Sure was ugly, but we were willing to try anything rather than steroids.
Calamine Lotion/Caladryl lotion both worked good on our poison ivy rash. Both are cheap and effective- but I HATE the PINK! But with a large body surface area, that is benedryl absorbing into the body's skin.
Soaking yourself in Epsom salts will also dry out poison ivy rash
Calendula Cream topically applied to poison ivy rash as a wash, generally is very helpful.
Aloe wash soothes and quites the poison ivy itch. My Favorite - using as a warm water compress applied directly over the rash.
POISON IVY RASH - ITCH RELIEF - THINGS TO AVOID
Refrain from ingesting all forms of caffeineated beverages while rash remains active.
That means NO coffee, tea, Coke, Pepsi, chocolate, Red Bull, etc. If you smoke or use tobacco products, no cigs. In these instances either one of both caffeine and nicotine needlessly will elevate your own histamine levels, causing you to ITCH like hell all the more.
Avoid physically exerting yourself to keep from breaking out in a sweat - not doing this may result in causing you to itch more.
Stay out of the suns direct rays, usually this may cause you to break out in a sweat, causing you to itch even more
Other topical alternatives:
Domboro's solution for poison ivy relief.
Natural plant based poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac remedies
Tea Tree oil
Goldenseal Root powder and Aloe Vera Gel
Impatiens / Touch-Me-Nots
Wild Peach Tea
Polk Salad Root
Other reported poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac remedies
When poison ivy rash, poison oak rash, poison sumac rash remains active and you cant stop the itch: Without first burning or scalding yourself try taking a hot shower or bath using water that is hot as is humanly tolerable making certain not to burn or sald yourself.
Hot towel compresses gently applied directly over the affected skin areas is helpful too. The presence of heat helps to release your body's histamines trapped directly beneath the skin, thereby alleviates the itching. Relief usually lasts for a few hours.
Hair blower pushing out hot air over the effected body parts may help alleviate the itching. Be extremely careful not to let the air gett too hot or you definitely will burn or scaled your poison ivy skin. Once poison ivy rash affects your skin it becomes thinner while the poison ivy rash is present and remains highly susceptible to scalding or burning by direct application of hot air or water
Oatmeal - Simply boil up the oatmeal in water as you normally would. Let it cool for a few minutes, then apply warm directly to the effected
area, Ideally, the mixture should be applied until a thick layer
forms. It will harden as it dries. Most sufferers swear by this
treatment, which is sometimes combined with a tablespoon or
two of baking soda for extra relief aids the itch and oozing.
Baking soda - This treatment has also become a classic homemade cure, made by mixing 3 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon
of water until a thick paste forms. Apply to the rash and let
dry. Another tried-and-true method for many poison ivy sufferers
is full immersion into a soothing baking
Vinegar - Sprinkle liberally on rash or blisters for instant relief from itch. (smells funky)
Although the smell may not be to everybody's liking, vinegar seems to help draw out the "poison" from poison ivy rash while it also helps healing. White distilled vinegar, or apple cider vinegar, seem to work best.
Banana peel - Touted by many as a homemade "miracle cure", the inside of a banana peel rubbed on poison ivy rashes seems to bring instant, cooling relief. By some accounts, banana skins may even do the trick when all other poison ivy treatment fail
Aloe Vera gel -
A logical alternative, aloe vera is known to heal minor skin cuts and
bring relief from sunburn. Once it is applied liberally to those
effected areas it helps sooth the itch and aids in healing.
Dishwashing liquid - Perhaps the most practical treatment of all, dishwashing liquid's anti-grease agents make it a common-sense remedy for poison ivy when applied liberally from the bottle at full strength.
Simply wash off with cool running water.
This remedy is often helpful for rashes that come from poison oak, or
other kinds of contact dermatitis. An intensely itching rash with
swelling and fluid-filled blisters may appear.
When a rash is the result of an allergic reaction and takes the form of
hives, or if a rash is very pink and swollen with burning or stinging
pain, this remedy may be useful.
Discomfort and swelling are relieved by cold applications.
Belladonna: This remedy is useful for conditions with sudden onset that are hot, bright red, and throbbing. Rash may be accompanied by fever.
Bryonia: A bumpy, hot, and dry rash may respond to this remedy. Discomfort may be worse from heat and touch, although applying pressure or lying on the affected side often
soothes the itching. If illness accompanies the rash, the person wants to lie completely still and be left alone.
Graphites: Rashes with eruptions that ooze a sticky golden fluid, then crust over, may be relieved with this remedy. Itching is worse from warmth and worse at night.
Ledum palustre: This remedy is indicated for a puffy and swollen rash. Both the swelling and the itching are relieved by cold applications.
Natrum muriaticum: This remedy is often helpful to people with chronic rashes at the margin of the scalp or in the bends of the knees and elbows. The skin is oily in most areas,
but the rash looks dry and scaly. Itching is often worse from physical exertion and the person may feel worse from being in the sun. Natrum muriaticum can also help if hives break
out during emotional stress, especially grief or romantic disappointment. A person who needs
this remedy often has a tendency toward herpes.
Rhus toxicodendron: A blistery rash that burns and itches intensely, and is much improved by applying heat or bathing in hot water, may be relieved by this remedy. The person
usually is very restless, wanting to pace or constantly move around.
Sepia: Dry skin with a scaly reddish or brownish rash suggests a need for this remedy. The person may be chilly and better from keeping warm—but getting too warm under
covers or clothing, and especially sweating, makes the itching worse.
Sulphur: Red, irritated, itchy, burning rashes that are aggravated by heat and washing may respond to this remedy. The touch of clothing, especially wool, can cause a rash
or make it worse. Scratching seems irresistible, but disrupts and
irritates the skin. Eruptions may be dry and scaly, or moist and infection-prone.
Urtica urens: Eruptions that resemble nettle-rash, with blotches that sting and burn intensely, may be soothed by this remedy. Scratching makes the symptoms worse. Applying cold
or water may aggravate the condition. Rashes that come out from eating
shellfish, from being overheated, or along with rheumatism often bring this remedy to mind.
Home Made Poison Ivy Cures
5 Effective Natural Poison Ivy Treatments, Causes and Symptoms
Usually poison ivy is found east of the Rocky Mountains. It grows as vines, ground cover and shrubs. Leaves of poison ivy are always clustered in groups of three. They have either notched or smooth edges, without serration. From east to west, north to south and with varying degree of seasons, the appearance of these plants may vary greatly. The toxic oil urushiol, is transmitted by the dead plants in underbrush to the skin.
These plants are responsible for creating more dermatitis in comparison than to any other substance. Skin develops a rash when it comes in contact with any part of the plant. This rash is the result of the reaction to a chemical compound in the resin called urushiol. It exists throughout the entire plant. Inhalation of this plant's smoke of the burning plant can be DEADLY. Its smoke causes a reaction in the respiratory tract causing you to either drown or suffocate
The major symptoms of poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac are inflammation, fever, extremely itchy rash, red blisters, skin burning sensation, red pimples and also inflammation in the face or genital area. Usually the symptoms first occur within a few minutes to 2 days and can last upwards 14 days or two weeks, next is your choice.
The parts of the body which are mostly affected by poison ivy are hands, arms, face, neck or legs. But it spreads rapidly to different parts of the body.
Some natural remedies for poison ivy
1. It is advisable to take vitamin C with bioflavonoids. It is very helpful for preventing infection and also the rapid spreading of the rash. It also reduces the swelling which is caused by poison ivy.
2. Zinc is very effective for repairing skin tissues.
3. Apply aloe vera juice, watermelon rind or tofu over the affected area. It will give soothing and cooling effect and also reduces swelling and itching.
4. Calamine lotion is also very effective (cheap to use) to help speed healing of poison ivy rash.