You come home from a great walk at the park when you suddenly feel a bit strange. Within a few hours, you notice that your arms have started to itch quite severely and you have the urge to keep scratching. Guess what? You are probably a victim of poison ivy rash.
Also called contact dermatitis, this form of rash is not really serious, but is quite common among humans – in fact, four out of five people are most likely to get it if come into contact with poison ivy. People will have varying degrees of pain thresholds, and as such, some will be more sensitive to pain than others. The ailment is caused by an oily substance in the plant called urushiol.
This is a manual on the proper way to treat this type of rash. Normally, home remedies will be sufficient in helping treat it, but some may require medical intervention.
What symptoms should I be looking out for ?
There are only four things to watch out for: blisters, itching, swelling, or redness. Allergic reactions to poison ivy normally occur within 1 to 12 hours of coming into contact with it. It will normally stay for a maximum of three weeks; however, the more serious cases of poison ivy rash can actually cause other areas of your skin to break out into rashes, even though those parts did not really have any physical contact with the plant.
Should you decide that your symptoms are far more serious that others, it is in this instance that you may need to consult your doctor. If your rashes have spread in extended, even sensitive areas of your body, pus has formed inside your blisters, you catch a fever which surpasses 100F, book an appointment with your local GP right away.
Are there any home remedies I can try ?
If you are one of the unfortunate few who have managed to contract the rash, then do not worry. Chances are, you can solve the problem from the comforts of your own home. A handy trick is to wash the infected area with soap that does not contain any oil, or a detergent (something that you should first consult your local pharmacist about).