How Do You Treat a Rash Caused by Poison Ivy?

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A poison ivy-induced rash can be treated with calamine lotion, lukewarm baths, washing the aggravated area with warm, soapy water and avoiding the temptation to scratch the aggravated area. If severe symptoms present, a doctor or emergency room service should be sought without delay.

Before getting underway with treatment, basic hygiene is a must. Clothing that may be covered in oil should be cleaned and boiled. Any other surfaces that may have soaked up oil from poison ivy should also be dealt with.

  1. Soap and bathe
  2. Warm soapy water is the first step in dealing with poison ivy and the resulting rash. A gentle wash should come first, and subsequent baths should be lukewarm and short to avoid infections.

  3. Avoid scratching
  4. It can be tempting to scratch at itchy rashes caused by poison ivy. This can lead to infection and can spread the rash to other parts of the body. In addition, blisters formed during the rash's tenure should be allowed to burst and deflate without being torn open as this can increase the risk of infection.

  5. Herbal and ointment treatments
  6. Calamine lotion can soothe itching and help to heal afflicted skin. Cold compresses can accomplish the same while antihistamine pills are a last resort for severe allergic reactions.