So what makes poison ivy, well, poisonous? Poison ivy is a vine like plant that has the ability to produce a toxin called urushiol. This irritant causes an extremely itchy rash on most people. This rash can start out small but can eventually spread over the entire body. The itchy rash that poison ivy causes is sometimes accompanied with large red sores. When coming into contact with poison ivy, a person will definitely want to rid themselves of the affliction as quickly as possible. Here are some natural home remedies to try if you are ever affected by poison ivy.
The first home remedy that somebody affected by poison ivy can perform is too simply run cool running water over the affected area. Removing any clothing that may have come into contact with the poison ivy is best. This will keep the poison ivy toxins that are on the clothes away from the body and make rinsing off a much easier task. After rinsing thoroughly, you should be able to take a shower and use soap. Do not shower with soap until after you have rinsed thoroughly with cool water. Rinsing off outside with a garden hose works best provided there is one available.
Another natural home remedy to soothe the painful itch associated with poison ivy is to use baking soda and water. Baking soda and water can be mixed to form a thick paste-like substance that can be applied over the affected areas. If a large area of the body has been affected by poison ivy, the baking soda can also be used in a warm bath. By pouring a box of baking soda into a warm bath, the poison will be forced from the the body and the affected areas will begin to feel much better.
A third natural home remedy that can be attempted to overcome the the burning caused by a poison ivy rash is the application of vinegar over the affected areas. Applying vinegar to the poison ivy rash may slightly sting but it does seem to dry up the affected areas as well as cool down the rash. You may want to dampen a rag with vinegar and use it as a compress.
A somewhat strange, natural home remedy, that many people swear by to rid themselves of poison ivy is the use of a banana peel. It does sound strange, but rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a poison ivy rash does dry up the rash and clean it up rather quickly.
One final home remedy for treating the adverse affects of poison ivy is the use of warm salt water. By soaking the affected area in warm salt water, the itch does seem to become soothed. Sometimes people will will apply plain table salt directly on the affected area as this will clean up the rash quicker and ease the itch. If the entire body is affected, you may want to take a salt water bath.
There are some things to keep in mind when trying different home remedies to treat poison ivy. Not all natural home remedies will work for everybody. Trying different home remedies may ease the pain associated with poison ivy. In case you become severely affected by poison ivy, it is recommended that you seek a physician’s guidance. Any high temperature or severely puss filled sores associated with poison ivy should immediately be brought to the attention of a professional.