Best Ways to Go About Treating Poison Ivy

Burning rashes and blisters are some of the symptoms of poison ivy exposure. This plant is considered as one of the dangers and nuisance of the great outdoors. A certain compound in the plant called urushiol is responsible for the reactions that humans get when exposed to this plant. The compound does not only cause skin discomforts, but it can also cause harmful effects to your internal organs if its vapors or ashes are inhaled or if it is eaten. Therefore, it is best to avoid these plants or get rid of them safely. But in cases when one gets exposed accidentally, there are several ways in treating poison ivy exposure.

Treating rashes and preventing their spread is best done by washing the affected area with alcohol, followed by running water. Then the exposed person needs to take a full body shower with soap to get rid of the urushiol-containing plant oils from affecting other parts of the body. These steps must be done within 10 minutes of ivy exposure.  It is also wise that one clean and treat the objects that he has been exposed to with alcohol. The rashes and blisters ooze, but remember that the ooze does not transmit the rashes. Clean the rashes and blisters with alcohol and water. There are many over-the-counter treatment creams, cloths and lotions that soothe and help in treating poison ivy injuries. Putting on Zanfel and Calamine lotion, for example, would reduce the inflammation and stop the itching.

Treating poison ivy has never been this easier, but always remember that prevention is always better than cure. When going outdoors, it is best to wear clothing that will protect most body parts such as jeans and long-sleeved tops. Research on how the plant looks like because these pieces of information will come in handy when her time comes. Do a bit of exploring in your home and be wary of the places where poison ivy can be found.  You can either choose to just warn everybody about the areas that have poison ivy of just hire pest control to take care of it. There are many lotions available in the market that prevent urushiol contact and thus prevents the rashes and the blisters. These lotions must be applied in exposed areas prior to exploring the outdoors. Always exercise caution whenever you’re going outside. Keep a watchful eye for these plants.