The last thing an individual walking about the garden or through some bushes in the woods is to be exposed to poison ivy. It is important to counteract the symptoms of the irritation before it gets to an advanced and serious condition. There are various techniques that can get rid of a rash caused by poison ivy that are both quick and effective with as little pain as possible.
The best remedy for all problems in any potential dangerous environment is prevention. It is important to be able to recognize this plant, as many poison ivy rashes are because of the pure ignorance of the victim. Popular in the mid-west and south of the United States, poison ivy plant has a characteristic trio of distinctive large green leaves on every plant.
Upon contact with the skin, the rash develops in three stages varying in the duration for the symptoms to show up. The skin usually turns red at first, and then followed by itching. This condition, if not addressed early enough has the potential to develop into red bumps and in some extreme cases, blisters that can at times ooze puss. An oily sap in the composition of the plant called urushiol triggers a form of an allergic reaction on the skin.
The first remedy to quickly getting rid of a poison ivy rash is by washing everything that may have been exposed to the plant. This is inclusive of the whole body, clothes, pets and even equipment. It is important not to mix these contaminated items with others that may have not, to make sure it does not spread. It at all it is a small area such as the hands, it is imperative to use a scrubber and soapy water when cleaning them.
Make sure to get the region between the fingers and underneath the fingernails. The effectiveness of the soapy water can be catalyzed by the addition of a solvent. Good examples include isopropyl alcohol to facilitate the separation of urushiol oil from the infected parts of the skin. Do not use bleach to clean the body as its concentrations will more often than not agitate the irritation of the inflamed skin, and even cause pain in sensitive body areas. Furthermore, the vapor from the bleach will cause secondary irritations of the throat, lungs, nose, and eyes.
Cool and wet compressions
A milder solution to getting rid of these rashes is by dipping a towel or cotton cloth in cold water for a couple of minutes. If the temperature of the water is tolerable, an alternative is to wrap the garment around a couple of ice cube. Then wrap the towel around the affected area. This solution is best applicable if the rashes have already advanced significantly to the sores stage. The cooling effect of the ice applies pressure on the blood vessels, which in turn cools the blood, getting rid of the burning sensation effectively.
The resultant effect will be the reduction of the itching, which in turn will prevent the risk of formulation more blisters. Research also suggests that cold milk is a much more effective remedy in comparison to ice cubes. The fat in the milk provides an alkaline environment that relieves the burning and itching of the rash. It is important to note that skimmed milk should be avoided at all costs. Another entity that can create an alkaline environment is an OTC preparation like Burrow’s solution.
This is a pharmaceutical product whose composition comprises of an aluminum acetate that has been diluted using water. This commodity contains astringent and antibacterial properties that can counteract the symptoms of a poison ivy rash.
Washing the area thoroughly or compressing it with a really cold towel can only stop the symptoms from worsening. It is usually the recommended first step, so as to bring the symptoms under control. Once the itching has subsided the next step in the fast, treatment of poison ivy is the application of calamine of a similar lotion with the same pharmaceutical chemistry.
It is a commodity that can be found in any chemist, it is imperative to note the expiry date as the application of a contaminated lotion will worsen the rash. Spread a light layer of the lotion across the affected area. The expected outcome is that the lotion will dry up the blisters and reduce the size of the oily bumps on the surface of the skin. Alternatives to calamine lotion are Aloe Vera Gel, Band- Aid Anti- Itch gel or the highly dependable Aveeno Anti-Itch Cream with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal.
OTC oral antihistamines
Physical contact may prove too big a task for scenarios where the rashes have metatheses fully. In such extreme cases, oral antihistamines are the way to go. This is an extreme solution and should only be adopted if critical advanced symptoms such as difficulty in going to the bathroom of a high temperature fever. A good oral treatment is Benadryl, which has a reputation of instantly soothing the allergic symptoms key among the burning, swelling and the itching.
It is recommended to individuals who have never used medical solutions such as this, to start with a small dosage. If the rash persists, the dosages can be gradually increased until an effect is registered. Oral antihistamines, like the majority of consumable pharmaceutical solutions, come with side effects. Drowsiness is the most common one, and it is recommended not to work, do chores or even drives in this condition.
A victim should also be careful as to which oral solution one applies. Patients have been known to use alternatives when Benadryl is out of stock or in desperation to get rid of the rash. There are topical antihistamines that are known actually to have the directly opposite effect, and worsen the allergic reaction. Consult a medical profession when buying Benadryl and do not consume tablets unless one is absolutely sure of their effectiveness.