Summertime setbacks. It is heartbreaking to get poison ivy just as you have been released from the prisons of school time. However, that is most likely what caused the introduction to poison ivy. I dealt with the low blow with all the muster I could gather.
Itching– This is by far the most irritating aspect of dealing with it. The more you scratch the more it itches. The constant itching causes the spread of the oils and liquids contained in each little blister. I found several ways of dealing with the itch factor:
- Calamine Lotion– The powerful pink stuff will leave you with pink patches all over you but it will help to reduce severe itching.
- Cool Compress– This was by far my favorite. The cool touch and feel would offer and instant relief from the burning and itching that took over my days and nights.
- Hydrocortisone Cream– Rub around the actual irritation, not directly on it. It’s tricky and important not encourage it to spread anymore.
- Caladryl Clear– I found this helpful when staying at home could no longer be productive. The clear application is pleasantly more appealing.
Spreading– Instead of the straight little lines and dots that has covered my arms and legs, I began seeing the rash spread in between my fingers, my stomach and back. To combat this and help it dry out quicker:
- Epson Salt Baths – I would relax in a cool bath with 1 cup of Epson Salts for twenty to thirty minutes two or three times a day.
- Oatmeal– As old fashioned as it seems, my grandmother taught me the benefits of oatmeal.
- Slather oatmeal over my legs and hands and allow it to completely dry before rinsing off
- Make a creamy mixture and mix it in a cool bath and soak in it for 20 minutes
Aloe– A unique plant with huge topical benefits.
- Snap off a stick of the aloe and squeeze the gel like juice onto areas of irritation. The natural qualities provide immediate relief with itching and burning.
Medical Intervention– If you are like me, medical intervention is a requirement. I have high histamine levels in my body and require the use of steroids to combat any significant irritants.
While my poison ivy took several weeks to go away, I am left with permanent scars where the blisters were. Take care of your poison ivy but take more care in immediately washing your clothes and body with dawn dish soap when you think you have come into contact with it. Try the soothing method regularly.