Poison ivy rash usually goes away within a few weeks and treatment can be done personally at home. However, if you experience any of the following, please see your doctor immediately:
- If large portions of your body are covered by the rash and blisters
- If you are experiencing difficulty swallowing or breathing
- If you are experiencing constant itching over a long period of time
- If you experience swelling, especially on the lid of your eyes
- If the rash develops in pubic area or on your face.
Treating the rash at home
Steps recommended by dermatologists when treating the rash at home:
- If you came in contact with the poison ivy plant, rinse the urushiol oil of your skin with warm water immediately.
- It is very important to remove and wash the clothes you were wearing during the time of contact with the poison ivy plant. The urushiol oil can also stick to clothing and any contact made may cause another rash to develop.
- Make sure you wash everything that has the urushiol oil on its surface: such as pet fur, tools and other objects etc.
When treating this rash, dermatologist’s recommend that you:
- Please do not use any antihistamine on your skin as this can cause the rash and itching to get worst.
- Do not use a hydrocortisone cream or lotion. These relieve only very mild cases.
How long does the rash from poison ivy last?
How to stop the itching?
While the skin is healing itching may occur, it is advised not to scratch because scratching can cause infection.
Dermatologists recommend the following home remedies to ease the itch:
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