How to Treat Poison Ivy

July 15, 2013 | By | Comments (2)

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To decrease your chances of developing a rash from poison ivy, remember the old adage: “leaves of three, let them be.” It’s also important to note that poison ivy’s rash-causing oils can linger on clothing (and pets, tools, and more) causing indirect contact that could lead to a rash.

If you do have a brush with poison ivy, the rash should fade in two to four weeks but you can soothe any itching and swelling by rinsing the area with soapy water and applying an over-the-counter cream such as a calamine lotion or Benadryl. If you develop blisters, see your dermatologist–they may need to give you cortisone cream or injections and prescribe medications.

See how to avoid and treat other summer hazards.

COMMENTS

  1. meghan w

    Tis is a very LAME tip for treating poison Ivy……I would have included a photo, and advised anyone who THINKS they have come in contact to immediately wash with warm soapy water and to wear gloves when handling the clothes which should be washed asap.. Also a bath in warm water with a half cup of bleach will help dry up the oils…

    July 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm
  2. Tara

    You’re right about washing immediately, but bleach can really damage your skin. There’s an app for that, called Rash Plants. Check it out. Tons of photos and info about the plants, the rash and everything else you can think of in one place. I think it’s only $0.99.

    July 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

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