Poison ivy treatment

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We all know what happens next, so I’ll be brief. Poison ivy symptoms are obvious. The of the plant causes painful irritation of the skin, in short, a violent dermatitis. The following symptoms appear within 24 to 48 hours after contact with the plant sap: itching, redness, blisters, and in more severe cases, oozing sores. The blisters may burst and become inflamed lesions that ooze, then slowly dry up and heal. Symptoms usually disappear within one to two weeks, depending on the level of poisoning of the skin,.

Be reassured, this dermatitis is not contagious through casual wound contact. Rashes are spread only by contact with the sap of the plant. However, dermatitis can be spread by scratching because the urushiol remains under fingernails for several days if cleaning with soap is not done carefully.


Poison ivy reaction with swelling and wounds. We don't want it. Source: Etereve

Poison ivy reaction with swelling and wounds. We don’t want it. Source: Etereve

A typical allergic reaction to urushiol. Picture from Jovino, on Flicker.

A typical allergic reaction to urushiol. Picture from Jovino, on Flicker.

Urushiol reaction with blistering. Ouch!

Urushiol reaction with blistering. Ouch!


As soon as you think you have been in contact with the sap of poison ivy, wash carefully with soap and cold water. This must be done quickly because the urushiol penetrates the skin in less than 5 minutes. Avoid hot water because it opens the pores of the skin and allows the resin to penetrate deeper into the skin. Washing with soap prevents the spread of poison to uncontaminated parts of the body. You can replace the soap by vinegar or alcohol. Wash clothing and contaminated objects several times with warm soapy water. Pets that have been contaminated must be washed with water and soap.

TECNU Extreme Medicated Poison Ivy Scrub
Tecnu Extreme is a medicated poison ivy scrub that removes the rash-causing urushiol oil to keep it from spreading and also treats the painful, itchy inflamed rash. Temporarily relieves burning, itching and pain due to poison ivy; poison oak; .
To Treat Rash: Squeeze desired amount of product into hand. Wet affected area with cool water apply to affected skin and surrounding areas. Gently rub for 15 seconds; avoid breaking the skin. Rinse with cool running water and towel dry gently. Repeat as needed.
To Remove Urushiol Oil: Squeeze the desired amount into hand. Wet skin completely with cool water. Apply to exposed areas and gently rub for 15 seconds; if hypersensitive, wash entire body with Tecnu Extreme. Rinse with cool running water and towel dry.

  • Medicated anti-itch outdoor skin cleansing scrub. Fast cooling itch and pain relief
  • Stops itching & pain, dries oozing, promotes healing
  • Removes the Urushiol oils from rash to speed & promote healing
  • Stops the spread of rashes and infections by removing the urushiol oils from poison ivy and oak and speeding healing

Zanfel wash treatment
The Zanfel poison oak, ivy, and sumac (urishiol) topical wash treatment comes in a one-ounce tube, provides relief of pain and itching within 30 seconds and can be used on external body areas including the face and genitals. A wash treatment is a topical substance that provides physical relief to campers, landscapers, forestry workers, and firefighters, for itches and rashes caused by plants. This wash treatment can be used in conjunction with steroid . Zanfel cream binds with urushiol, allowing it to be removed from the body with washing and water. Zanfel can be used to clean garden utensils and other instruments that have plant substances on them. It has a 10-year shelf life.

Poison Ivy Soap
After exposure to poison ivy, use the Poison Ivy Soap exclusively under shower. Wash your entire body with Poison Ivy Soap; do not use any other soap or body wash at this time as the ingredients may spread the urushoil or irritate any rash. Rinse well. The Poison Ivy Soap is not a prewash; it is for use after exposure to urushiol. Poison Ivy Soap removes the Urushiol (the invisible oil from the plants) thus preventing the rash and/or removing the itch. Wash after exposure, or after rash occurs. Product Contains: Saponified Animal Oils, Jewelweed & Spring Water Poison Ivy Soap is the perfect combination of pure soap made with animal oil, spring water, and the herb “jewelweed”. Animal oil will not spread the invisible urushoil, or sap of the poison ivy and oak plants. Jewelweed is a natural antidote that washes away the urushoil completely and dries up any existing rash or blisters.


To calm the itching, compresses are a simple and affordable treatment. Apply for 15 to 30 minutes. Compresses can be composed of water or half water and half milk, with ice, applied twice daily for 2 or 3 days. Compresses from baking soda or aluminum acetate powder such as Burosol can also be used.

Warm baths

If the allergic reaction extends over several parts of the body, warm baths may also relieve itching. Add one of the following to your bath water: 1 cup (250 ml) baking soda; 1 cup (250 ml) of oatmeal; Aveeno powder, a commercial product made from oats; 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of potassium permanganate crystals (more will dry the skin too much). The chlorinated swimming pool water also helps to disinfect and heal wounds. So go swimming ;-).

Rubbing alcohol to disinfect and dry wounds. Copyright http://labdelon.com

Rubbing alcohol to disinfect and dry wounds. Copyright http://labdelon.com

Remedies for rash, simple treatments

On dry skin, application of calamine lotion (pink liquid antiseptic) also provides relief. Calamine is preferable to Caladryl lotion as some people react to Caladryl lotion. However, the dry residue on the skin is unsightly and annoying.

Some drugs offered over the counter can relieve but it is advisable to consult a pharmacist. . The simplest and most affordable treatment I know is to rub the skin with rubbing alcohol so it can penetrate the skin, meaning I can sometimes avoid topical corticosteroid creams. However, alcohol can be hard on the skin, so it is not recommended for treatment on children.

To alleviate an allergic reaction, antihistamines, such as Benadryl, often used for hay fever can be helpful. If taken shortly after contact with poison ivy and continued for two or three days, they help reduce the intensity of the allergic reaction.

Topical corticosteroids creams (cortisone cream applied on wounds) or, in severe cases, oral corticosteroids may be necessary. Cortisone cream thins the skin when applied regularly, making the skin more fragile. Corticosteroid creams must be purchased with a prescription, requiring a visit to the doctor. Otherwise, a hydrocortisone cream, softer than cortisone, is more suitable and is available over the counter in pharmacies and by Amazon.

The All Stop Poison Ivy Healing Gel is a topical Gel that provides immediate relief from the burning and itching of Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac. It will help protect against the risk of skin infections in minor scratches, cuts, scrapes, and burns. All Stop Poison Ivy Healing Gel‘s actives penetrate deep into the skin calming reactions of the Urushiol oil responsible for the Itching, burning, rashes, blisters, and oozing.

IVY-DRY Super Spray. For the temporary relief of itching associated with insect bites and minor skin irritations. Directions: Apply to affected area not more than 3 times daily. Additional applications may be necessary. Test product on small patch of skin before applying to all the affected skin. Not to be used on areas of blistered or broken skin
Active Ingredients: Benzyl Alcohol 10%; Camphor 0.5%; Menthol 0.25%.
Inactive Ingredients: Water; Isopropanol; Zinc Acetate; Isoceteth-20; Zinc Lactate

After several days, the yellowing blisters have to be punctured.

After several days, the yellowing blisters have to be punctured.

Avoid infection

After about a week of allergic reaction “active” to the poison ivy, the liquid contained in the larger blisters becomes yellowish-beige. At this point, a mild infection can occur. In this case, the flesh surrounding the blister blushed and it is a sign that the body defends itself against infection. Must burst blisters and draining of the liquid. Once emptied, the blisters dry up quickly and the skin will heal.

After a few days the blisters dry gradually.

After a few days the blisters dry gradually.

Skin affected by blistering comes off then the skin is regenerating.

Skin affected by blistering comes off then the skin is regenerating.

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