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Home Remedies for Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy rash

Poison Ivy rash

Oil from poison ivy can penetrate the skin in a matter of minutes and leave rashes and blisters if not treated properly. In most cases, the blisters and rashes start to appear 12 to 48 hours after exposure to the irritant. It is very important for people who came in contact with poison ivy to seek medical help and even more important to be provided with first aid relief. Here are a few things you can try.

  • Washing with soap and water

Wash the infected area with running water first. Try to get off as much oil as you can from the skin area. After washing with water, wash again with soap and water. Air dry the infected area as using a towel or a cloth will only absorb the unremoved oil and will probably cause problems later on.

  • Vinegar

Wash the infected area with soap and water first as instructed above. After doing so, apply vinegar onto the whole are with a cotton ball. Rinse off.

  • Cold Black Coffee

Simply pour cold black coffee on the infected area. Coffee is said to contain anti inflammatory substances like chlorogenic acid that can help ease inflammation.

  • Baking Soda

Make a paste using baking soda and water and apply it onto the area 3 times a day with a 2 hour interval for each application.

  • Aloe Vera

Simply break an aloe vera leaf and apply the gel onto the infected area. Let dry and rinse off. Aloe vera, like coffee, also has anti inflammatory properties.

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