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What are different home remedies for poison ivy – a summer problem? Part 2

– All articles of clothing that come in contact with poison ivy should be washed with soap and hot water.
– This is done to remove the poison ivy oil.
– Clothing that is in contact with poison ivy should not come in contact with the skin.
– The oil can be transferred from clothing to skin.
– Wash items immediately in a separate load.
– Use a degreaser in your wash like vinegar or Simple Green.
– Never burn poison ivy as the urushiol can become airborne.
– The smoke can get into your eyes or even your lungs.
– If your rash is dripping and oozing, go to physician immediately.
– It is most likely infected.
– It needs to be treated with antibiotics.
– Poison Ivy is not contagious.
– But it can be passed from person to person by transfer of the oil.
– You can also spread it to different parts of your own body by touching and scratching.
– Use a cotton ball to dab or rub only on affected areas to reduce spreading.
– Learn to identify poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.


– Charcoal has great absorbing qualities.
– It makes a great home remedy for any kind of contact dermatitis.
How to make a charcoal poultice:
– Mix powdered charcoal (1 to 2 Tbs.) with a little water to form a wet paste.
– It should be moist but not crumbly or drippy.
– You can combine the charcoal with some corn starch to thicken it if desired.
– Spread the paste on one half of a folded paper towel, loosely woven cloth, or piece of gauze cut.
– It should fit the area to be treated.
– When ready, the cloth should be moist.
– It should be thoroughly saturated with the paste.
– Then cover the paste by folding over the other half of the paper towel or cloth.
– Next place the charcoal poultice on the affected body part.
– Make sure it completely covers the area.
– Cover the poultice with plastic (plastic food wrap works fine) cut to overlap the poultice by an inch on every side.
– This will keep it from drying out.
– If the charcoal dries out, it will not be able to absorb.
– Finish off by bandaging or taping the poultice securely in place.
– Leave it on for several hours.

– Rub the inner side of a banana peel on the rash.
– This will help you to relieve itching.
– Place the infected area under running water.
– This will wash away histamines which cause itching of skin.

– Pour 3 cups of oats into warm water and soak the infected area into it.
– Simultaneously rub the affected area. Doing this will relieve you of itching.

– Apply aloe Vera juice over the affected area, this will cool and provide instant relief.

– Vitamin C taken daily with bioflavonoids will prevent infection.
– It will stop rapid spreading of the rash and heal inflammation.
– Calcium and Beta-carotene helps to boost the immune system and speeds up healing.
– Victim must take zinc as it helps to repair damaged skin tissues.
– Take goldenseal, a root that is native to North America which has been used for centuries in herbal medicine.

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