Now that summer is here, we get to enjoy some well-earned time outdoors. But with our favorite outdoor activities come some of our least favorite things: poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. The unpleasant rash that results from contact with these plants can turn any hiking excursion into an itchy nightmare. Experts say that the cause of this itching is an oil, urushiol. And while urushiol has many uses, once it touches the skin, your first goal is to avoid the itch.
According to the University of Chicago, the symptoms of exposure to these plants include itchiness, lesions and possibly blisters. Often, scratching the itch can make the symptoms worse by spreading them. During the two- to three-week period before the symptoms go away on their own, you'll need to find a source of relief that doesn't make your problems worse. Thankfully, these time-tested home remedies will soothe the pain and quicken the healing process.
1. Baking soda: Combine three teaspoons of baking soda and one teaspoon of water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the area, then let it dry and flake away. Additionally, you can make more of the solution, dip gauze pads in it, and apply to the affected area multiple times a day.
2. Dishwashing liquid: This can be your first line of defense against rash. Rub into the affected area and leave it there. Wash the rash with dishwashing liquid once a day. Experts recommend using this remedy for insect bites, as well.
3. Apple cider vinegar: This ever-useful cure-all can actually eliminate the poison. Take strips of brown paper bags, and dip them in the apple cider vinegar. Then, place the paper onto the skin.
4. Turmeric and lemon juice: Fans of natural remedies love to rave about this one. Combine turmeric and lemon juice in equal parts. Use a lime if a lemon isn’t handy. Let this paste soak on the skin for 15 minutes.
5. Cucumber: Cucumbers aren’t just for salads and spas. Save one or two to put their healing coolness to work. Either apply slices to the affected area or make a paste of mashed cucumber to soothe the skin.
6. Watermelon rind: Don’t throw away the inedible rind next time you eat a watermelon; it makes a perfect natural compress for the skin. Next time you’ve got a case of poison oak, apply watermelon rind to the skin.
7. Oatmeal: Oatmeal is well known for its skincare applications. Along with being great for inflammation, oatmeal can help with poisonous rashes. You may use oatmeal in a cold compress, or you can even take a dip in a warm oatmeal bath.
8. Buttermilk: Buttermilk is perfect for soothing the worst blisters and general itchiness. Combine buttermilk, salt, and vinegar in equal parts, and apply to affected areas. As well as applying it cold, you may add warm water for even stronger relief.
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H/T: Remedy Daily