Poison Ivy: 8 Simple And Surprising Home Remedies For Painful, Itchy Rashes

With the end of summer, there are plenty of “outdoor risks” that we tend to stopworrying about: ticks, sunburn, or even poison ivy.

But just because the hot summer days are over doesn’t mean that pesky poison ivy or poison oak has gone away. In fact, just like every other leaf, they simply turn from green to a shade of yellow, orange, or red.

Fall might be a great time for camping, hiking, or sitting out in the backyard, but it is very important to keep an eye out for these pain-inducing plants.

Fortunately, there are some easy ways to identify poison ivy and poison oak either by their leaves or by the rashes they cause. And if you are unfortunate enough to be coping with a painful and itchy poison ivy rash, there are actually quite a few simple and surprising home remedies to provide much-needed relief.

Scroll through below to see how you can quickly and easily treat poison ivy or poison oak rashes. I had no idea about any of these who knew that a simple banana peel could be the solution?

What other simple remedies have you found for dealing with poison ivy or poison oak? Let us know in the comments!

How To Identify Poison Ivy/Oak
Check Out The Leaves


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Poison ivy and poison oak may appear as green plants, or may have turned to yellow, orange, or red during the fall. They also may appear low to the ground or as high-climbing vines.

But the best rule of thumb to spot these pain-inducing plants? “Leaves of three, let it be.”

Poison ivy tends to have more almond-shaped leaves, whereas poison oak has scalloped edges. But regardless, spotting the signature “three leaves” is a great way to avoid having to deal with their painful and itchy rashes.

Check Out The Rash


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It’s also important to identify a poison ivy or oak rash to know how best to address the symptoms.

Poison ivy will quite often cause an itchy rash with streaks or lines.

The American Academy of Dermatology writes, “Most people see the rash go away in a few weeks. If you have a serious reaction, you need to see a doctor right away.

“Swelling is a sign of a serious reaction… If you have trouble breathing or swallowing, go to an emergency room immediately.”

However, for the more typical, mild cases, scroll through below to see some simple and surprising at-home remedies!

What Do I Do About Poison Ivy/Oak?
Tip #1: Wash Up


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Washing the skin with soap and water immediately after contact can help lower the severity of the developing rash.

The goal is to remove as much of the plant’s oil from the skin as possible. While it won’t eliminate the reaction, it can help lessen it.

Tip #2: Try Some Lemon


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As strange as it might sound, lemon juice can combat the oil of poison ivy or oak.

According to Reader’s Digest, “Apply it soon after contact with the irritating leaf, before the plant’s oil has time to fully get into your skin.”

Tip #3: Bathe In Oatmeal


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Oatmeal is known to be a friend for many who have experienced painful or uncomfortable skin conditions, and poison ivy is no exception.

According to Healthline, “Soaking in cool water baths containing an oatmeal-based product such as Aveeno should provide relief.”

Tip #4: Grab A Banana Peel


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Also on the list of bizarre remedies is the banana peel.

According to the Global Healing Center, “Simply rub the inside of a banana peel on the affected area.”

The success of this method “is possibly related to the cooling effect the banana peel has on the rash.”

Tip #5: Pour On The Apple Cider Vinegar


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Apple cider vinegar has a wide variety of alternative uses, one of which is lessening the itch and pain associated with poison ivy or oak.

Reader’s Digest writes, “Apple cider vinegar has also been shown to be an effective poison ivy home remedy.

“Try soaking a brown paper bag in apple cider vinegar, then place the bag on the rash to draw out the toxins.”

Tip #6: Lay On The Tea Bags


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Tea bags have also been known to do the trick with their many healing properties.

According to Best Health, “Moisten a plain old tea bag (black or green, it doesn’t matter) and apply it to the itchy skin.

“The tannic acid in tea, which is astringent, helps contract inflamed tissue and relieve the itching.”

Tip #7: Grab An Ice Pack


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A quick and easy way to find relief is by using a simple bag of ice.

According to Reader’s Digest, “Apply cold compresses whenever the rash acts up, to tame the itchiness and prevent you from scratching.”

Tip #8: Rub On Some Himalayan Salt


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Last, but certainly not least, Himalayan salt can do wonders for poison ivy.

According to the Global Healing Center, this salt “will pull both the excess water and the poison from the body.”

They suggest that you “make a paste using purified water and Himalayan salt.”

What other remedies have you successfully tried for poison ivy or poison oak? Let us know in the comments.

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