A poison ivy leaf comes from a plant that produces a serious skin reaction. This reaction is known as allergic contact dermatitis. The rash can easily be caught by touching the plant, clothing that has come in contact with the plant, and animals that have come in contact with the plant. The oil from the plant is easily transmitted onto surfaces, allowing the rash to spread. Although the oil can quickly cause the rash, the rash can not be spread from human to human contact.
Risk Assessment of Ivy Leaf
The risk assessment of ivy leaf is as simple as a very uncomfortable rash. The skin becomes very itchy where the oil came into contact with the skin. Redness and red streaks usually appear where the plant oil touched the skin. Large red bumps, which are similar to hives, will appear in the contacted area. Blisters filled with fluid will begin to form.
This rash typically appears within 8 to 48 hours after coming in contact with the oil. The rash will appear more quickly the more often the skin comes in contact with the oil. As the rash develops, it will spread across the body to other areas. Without any treatment, the rash can last for 10 days to 3 weeks but, rarely, it will it last up to 6 weeks.
Serious Risks of Ivy Leaf
Although it’s rare, serious risks are possible with poison ivy. Serious risks of poison ivy include severe swelling of the mouth, face, and neck. The genitals and eye lids can also become severely swollen. The fluid filled blisters can become wide spread and be extremely large in size. They can begin to ooze large quantities of fluid.
Home Remedies for Poison Ivy
Home remedies for poison ivy often include taking extra vitamin C. This will help prevent any infection. It will reduce rapid spreading of the rash and also reduce any swelling.
Calendula lotion is also very beneficial in relieving the rash. The lotion reduces the itching caused from the oil and reduces the spread of the rash. Using the lotion also promotes rapid healing.
By taking beta-carotene and calcium, the immune system will receive an added boost. This will increase the speed of the healing process and reduce the spread of the rash, too.