Being an outdoorsy person, there is nothing I enjoy more than hiking and camping through the woods. Nature is so peaceful and serene, but unfortunately, the outdoors adds extra risks for ticks and poison ivy. Poison ivy tends to be one of those things that affects some more than others. Several years back, I got a severe case of poison ivy from clearing out weeds and shrubs from behind our home. Without realizing it, I had apparently gotten into some poison ivy and ended up with a severe rash over a large percentage of my body. I even had an outbreak on my face near my eye. I eventually had to go to the doctor to be placed on steroids to help my body recover. Ever since that incident, I have been very proactive in trying to be aware and prevent future breakouts. Since giving up the outdoors is not something I am willing to do, I have learned several tips to help prevent poison ivy.
Be aware of your surroundings
The most important thing is to be aware of what is in your own backyard and any wooded areas where you will be hiking. Poison Ivy can sometimes be difficult to spot if you do not know what you are looking for. As a general rule, avoid any three-leaved plants. It is helpful to wear protective clothing when hiking or working out in the yard. Wear long sleeves and pants, along with gardening gloves if you will be touching the plant life.
Wash off thoroughly after being around questionable plants
One of the best things I have found for poison ivy prevention is Ivarest Poison Ivy Cleansing Foam. Whenever you come in contact with what may be poison ivy, you will want to wash the rash causing oils off of your body immediately. Ivarest is a foaming soap that helps remove any residual oil from your body to help prevent or reduce a poison ivy rash. If outbreak has already occurred, it will help reduce the severity of the rash. Ivarest includes an antihistamine to help stop the allergic reaction and analgesic to reduce itchiness and skin irritation.
Other remedies that help
I have also found that oatmeal baths help soothe skin and help the rash heal faster. I have had a lot of success with the brand, Aveeno. Hydrocortisone ointment also helps reduce the allergic reaction. Ivy-Dry is a spray that helps dry up a poison ivy and helps reduce the itchiness. If the rash is on the face, especially near the eyes, or is an extreme case, then you may need to visit a doctor for a dose of steroids to help get it under control. Poison ivy can get into the lungs and be quite dangerous if inhaled, so you never want to get rid of poison ivy plants by trying to burn them.