So You Have Poison Ivy?

“Three leaves, let it be” didn’t quite work out, huh? We’ve all been there before. No matter how hard you try to avoid poison ivy, sometimes you still get it. If that’s the case, try these prevention tactics and remedies:

Rubbing Alcohol

Say you’re going hiking or doing yard work and you know you may come in contact with some poison ivy. You can reduce the symptoms almost immediately by being prepared with rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol removes the urushiol oil from your skin once it’s been exposed to poison ivy. You may still experience some discomfort, but the rubbing alcohol significantly reduces symptoms.

You should apply rubbing alcohol as soon as possible—within 10 minutes of exposure is ideal. Be prepared by packing a small container of rubbing alcohol in your hiking bag or keeping some nearby while you work in your yard.

Cold Compress

Take a clean wash cloth and run it under cool water. Ring out the extra water and place it on the skin affected by poison ivy. You can leave this compress on for 15-30 minutes multiple times a day.

The cold compress alleviates the itching and inflammation poison ivy can bring.

Oatmeal Baths

Research suggests that oatmeal has dermatological benefits such as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. These benefits can help reduce skin irritation and inflammation caused by poison ivy.

Simply fill a clean bathtub with lukewarm water and add either oatmeal or oatmeal-based products to the tub. Soak for 30 minutes. 

Don’t Scratch!

It’s harder than it sounds. While scratching may bring you immediate relief, it only prolongs your poison ivy symptoms. Scratching can actually lead to an infection or increased rashes.

Resist the itch.

Cucamonga Valley Medical Group

When the itch just won’t quit, Cucamonga Valley Medical Group is here. As physicians and people, we understand your pain. Under our care, we can provide you with treatment to reduce your symptoms and get ride of them fully.