Updated: Nov 15, 2019
Wait, don’t run away from this conversation! There are ways to find relief and even possibly prevent these poisonous plants from giving you weeks of misery.
Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, and Poison Sumac all contain a substance called urushiol that may cause an itchy rash for those sensitive to the oily residue.A form of contact dermatitis, the itchy, blistering rash can be caused from touching the plant itself or coming in contact with surfaces that may have the urushiol residue on it, such as animal fur, garden tools, clothing, etc.
Don’t Wait! Do This First!
If you think you have come in contact with Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac, immediately (within 30 minutes) wash the area using soap and water using a wash cloth or loofah sponge to remove any of the unseen oil residue. Don’t forget to thoroughly scrub under your fingernails and wash clothing or any items that may have come in contact with the residue to remove any plant resin that may remain.
When the Rash Develops
People who are sensitive to urushiol will develop a rash typically within 1-3 days. Characteristics of the rash include redness, swelling, and/or blistering of the skin. The rash can last up to 3 weeks and can be spread if the urishiol is still on your hands. You should consult with your doctor for diagnosis and how to best treat your rash. Although, self –care at home is usually sufficient, call your doctor if there are any changes in the rash such as, yellow puss forming on top of the blisters. Scratching the rash will sometimes lead to infection and spreading of the rash. Remember, not everyone develops a rash when exposed to urushiol, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take precautions. The more you’re exposed to it, the more your sensitivity may increase. Also, you don’t want to transmit the residue to others who may indeed have a sensitivity to the urushiol containing plants.
Finding Relief from itchy, inflamed skin
Rashes can range from mild to severe. For more severe rashes it may be wise to ask your physician whether it’s safe for you to take an antihistamine to stop the itching and/or pain medication if necessary. Also they may recommend that you use prescribed or over-the-counter topical creams to relive itching.
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Even More Relief Options? There are many remedies that may help with the intense uncomfortable nature of rashes caused by one of the urushiol producing plants, but many have found that using essential oils along with the right plant combination has been successful. Here are a few more natural home remedies to make your skin happy:
Black Tea: Apply cold black tea (brew tea then add ice) compresses to the skin to help soothe and astringe the area to help the blisters dry out faster. The tannins and other beneficial compounds can help lessen the inflammatory reactions.
Oatmeal: Soak in a colloidal oatmeal bath (regular oatmeal works, too) to soothe your itchy skin. The oatmeal contains phenols that help alleviate the itchies.
Water: Drink lots of water with lemon. It’ll help cleanse and flush the skin internally.
HAPPY SKIN = HAPPY LIFE
xoxo, April & Eric DISCLAIMER: *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. I am not making medical claims, this is not intended to treat cure or heal, we are not promising a cure.