Poison Ivy - Oak - Sumac

Poison Ivy – Oak – Sumac

Avoiding contact with Poison Ivy and Poison Oak is, obviously, the best course of action.  There are several varieties, but these photos will help you identify the most common:

If you do find yourself having made contact with one of these plants and the oil (urushiol) got on your skin, the following should help relieve the symptoms:

WHEN TO GO TO A HOSPITAL WITH POISON IVY OR POISON OAK

Firstly, if the symptoms are serious, get to a hospital E.R., like when:
  • You’re having difficulty breathing or swallowing.
  • There are many rashes and/or blisters covering most of your body, or the rash is anywhere on your face or genitals.
  • There is swelling anywhere, especially around the eyes.
  • Large areas itch and nothing seems to help.

WHEN YOU CAN TREAT POISON IVY OR POISON OAK YOURSELF

If it’s a manageable area, try the following:
  1. Thoroughly wash the area with lukewarm soapy water to get the plant’s oils off the skin.
  2. Apply witch hazel, available at most pharmacies.
  3. Apply one of the following plant “milks”, usually offering instant relief:

 

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle

 

 

Stinging Nettle:  As the name implies, it does sting to the touch, so wear leather gloves or use a heavy cloth or towel to grasp it.  Use a clean rock or hammer to bang it up enough to get the “milk” flowing, as that is what you want to put on the poison ivy skin rash.

Aloe Vera:  Break off an aloe vera leaf, squeeze toward the broken end, and brush the juices onto the rash.
Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Plantain:  As with the Stinging Nettle, crush the leaf until the juices flow, then apply.

 

Plantain

Plantain

If these plants are not available, you can also try a cup of baking soda in a lukewarm bath, or make a paste of 2 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with 1/2 to one TBSP of apple cider vinegar – mix the ACV in slowly until it becomes a spreadable paste.

Be sure to wash the clothes you were wearing and any items that may have come in contact with the oils of the Poison Ivy or Oak plants.  If the oils are left, you could start another rash when touched.

Take the Bactotox and Herbal Multi throughout the summer to keep the immune system strong and skin less reactive.

Best of Health to you as always,

Doc Eve

P.S. – The Allergy Therapy Packs are on sale for the Spring season.

From So. Calif., call 310-855-1111 / Otherwise, call 541-482-2112

Email: doctoreve@evesherbs.com

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