Home Remedy for Poison Ivy/ Poison Oak




Introduction: Home Remedy for Poison Ivy/ Poison Oak

This is my 1st instructable. It is a home remedy for a way to rid yourself of poison ivy/ poison oak.

Step 1: "ingredients"

I know these are not ingredents, but I could think of no word to replace ingredents.

1. Source of water (sink or bottle if outside)
2. Soap (any kind I suggest liquid)
3. Rag or Sponge
4. Clear nail polish

Step 2: Washing

Using the rag soap and water wash the area that is infected. wash thoroughly with out applying too much pressure, you don't need to scrub like you're washing dishes.

Step 3: Drying

Either wait or use a towle or cloth and dry the now washed area.

Step 4: Applying Polish

Now using the clear nail polish apply a coat to the infeccted area and allow to dry. Remove and repeat till the infection is gone this shouldn't take more than a couple of days and sometimes works after the first day. This works by the nail polish not allowing air to that portion of the skin there by suffocating the rash.



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    Hmmm....the washing part is good if it is in cool water. I use Sunlight soap, then I bathe it in Apple Cider Vinegar and leave it on. I've never tried the nail polish approach so I can't say one way or the other. APC is good for all kinds of things!

    Nail polish isn't a reasonable item to use. The rash is caused by oil, thus, nothing to "suffocate". Wash 3 times with soap and water as quickly as you can after exposure to get rid of as much oil as possible. Use cool water as hot will increase not only the absorption of the oil into the skin, it brings additional histamine to the area and INCREASES itching. All you can do after that is benadryl or calamine lotion and wait. Will take a week or so to get better. If it continues to get worse, you'll need to see your physician about going on topical, oral or injectable steroids.

    I have found that after contracting poison ivy, there is not much you can do except wait out the heeling process. If you are having issues dealing with the itching, hot water applied to the site absolutely kills the itching. Just thought that I'd pass this along.

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    Hot water makes it itch SO FREAKING BAD!!! I have a few poison rashes on my face and I'm just trying to minimize the rash as I have a date tomorrow.... will ibuprofen help? It helps with Inflammation?

    As an emergency nurse, I can tell you that nail polish doesn't actually do anything. You can skip that part ... but the Dawn dish soap and washing as quickly as you can after exposure is a very good place to start.

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    I've no wish to challege you, but if I've done this myself and I've found it speeds up the healing process. I might be wrong it could be a placebo effect.

    You know, if it helps you, even if it's the placebo effect, then go for it. Sometimes that's the best you can hope for. The Dawn suggestion is spot on though and my husband used it this year with great results. I'm not allergic (thank goodness), but he is. We have a yard full of it.

    Poison Ivy sap is an oil. This oil reacts with your skin causing an irritation. If you use Dawn soap and rinse, it breaks down the oil and will minimize the rash. Good home remedy instructible except that I have not needed the other ingredient.

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    thanks, the only reason everything else is there is because this was something I learned in high school from the schools nurse and it's what I use now. As for the soap I never took the time to figure out what soap is the best the picture was just a random soap.