Sunday, June 19, 2011

Treatment Options For Poison Ivy Rash

A poison ivy rash may clear up for as long as 2-4 weeks, but there are options for a faster relief according to Dr. John Wolf of Baylor College of Medicine.

First, apply an OTC hydrocortisone cream at least 2 or 3x daily. Use anti-itch lotion that has calamine and menthol to ease the itch and inflammation.

Take an over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamine like Zyrtec or Benadryl that quells itchiness by blunting your body's reaction.

Try an oatmeal bath with tepid water and a soothing product like Aveeno Skin Relief Bath Treatment. This is more concentrated than a self-made mix.

If OTC drugs don't help after 2-3 days, blisters are oozing (sign of infection), eyes or mouth are affected or if you develop a fever more than 100F, see your doctor ASAP!