What to do when you get poison ivy rash?

Have you ever wondered why people say “Leaves of three, let it be”? It’s because poison ivy plants have three leaves and they can cause a nasty skin irritation. If you’re like me and have been unlucky enough to come into contact with this pesky plant, then fear not! In this article, I’ll share some tips on what to do when you get a poison ivy rash.

Identify the Poison Ivy Plant

Before we dive in, let’s make sure we know how to identify the plant that causes all these problems. Poison ivy has three bright green leaves that are glossy and smooth at the edges. The leaves might look like mittens with two larger fingers on each side attached by a narrow stem leading back down towards the main stem of the vine or shrub-like plant. Make sure to avoid coming into direct contact with these plants if possible – unless you’re going for some wild natural self-torture adventures!

Quick Relief Tips

If you suspect that you may have already touched poison ivy or believe that your skin is starting its slow takeover process from an initial red spot increasing rapidly across your body (yes, it happens) then there are some quick relief options available:

  • Wash yourself immediately: Use warm soapy water and gently scrub away any exposed areas where contact was made.
  • Ice Pack: Apply ice packs wrapped around cloth over affected parts/region after soaking in cool water; helps reduce swelling
  • Hot Water & Baking Soda bath: Add baking soda (1 Cup) as soon as possible under running hot shower/bath – For maximum impact; try H2O + B.S.+ Oatmeal those three together will beat even Batman!

Soothing Lotions

There are also several soothing lotions which can ease itching caused by rashes including but not limited to calamine lotion and hydrocortisone creams. Irritation can be reduced considerably by applying any of these lotions as soon after exposure occurs.

Oral Medications

You might want to take an antihistamine medication like Benadryl, which blocks histamine from responding to the body’s reaction – this may help relieve itchiness associated with poison ivy rash. If you find yourself experiencing severe rashes resulting in agony, then a painkiller like ibuprofen is also recommended for relief. However, when in doubt or too much confusion always ask your primary care provider!

Things Not To Do

Here are some things that it’s best not to do if you have come into contact with poison ivy:

  • Scratching: We all know that familiar itch sensation induced during physical allergies. It’s irritating but don’t scratch!, scratching will only cause more irritation and increase risk of infection.
  • Using Hot Water!: Contrary-to-popular-belief plus greater population TV shows perception; hot water directly on skin irritations isn’t helpful rather it grows inflammation causing further symptoms such as redness and increased swelling at the affected region!
  • Touching Other Body Parts After Contact: This includes areas such as face, genitals/ genitalia, eyes, nose & mouth – just don’t do it folks!

We hope we’ve driven our points concerning these DON’Ts quite strongly here so keep actively avoiding them while adhering diligently towards prescribed forms for healing purposes.

Prevention Tips

As the old Chinese proverb goes: “The best way to fight off disease is by preventing its entry.” Keeping this in mind let us resort back towards our common sense once again essential while enjoying adventurous excursions among forests/hiking trails!

Here are some prevention tips worth taking note of:

  • Wear protective clothing eg., full-length pants (preferably made out of polyester) and long-sleeved shirts
  • Use Poison ivy repellents known to neutralize urushiol (the chemical responsible for causing the rash), spraying clothing/ gear with repelling agents assists in preventing rashes before they even get a chance!
  • Stay on trails or opt towards areas that appear more manicured, trimmed and well maintained rather than overgrown shrubs/vines found entirely invasive.

The above-suggested equipment can act as moderate weapons against this ancient plant form during any expeditions into wild forests or hiking trails. Keep it handy when venturing deeper into those unkempt territories next time.

In Conclusion

Poison Ivy may seem like an inevitable curse in life but following proper prevention tools along with our advice will help cut short the effects of these pesky leaves of three! And remember, always be knowledgeable and alert to your surroundings – it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Happy exploring folks and watch out for any suspicious-looking foliage creeping up near you – whether literally or metaphorically – we hope our tips come in use quite resourcefully. Good luck and stay alive!

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