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Poison Oak Treatments and Remedies

Dealing with poison oak can be a struggling event. It’s something you usually have to deal with at least for 2 weeks, but sometimes longer. We feel everyone dealing with poison oak should have a strong knowledge of all the treatments and remedies available. Even though some of them may not work from you, having a steady supply of options could provide you with a solution.

Poison Oak Treatments

If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like testing out home remedies, the best option is heading to the doctor. In most cases they will provide you with an over-the-counter lotion (calamine or aloe vera), or prescribe a medication like prednisone. This is a steroid that used to relieve allergic reactions. Even though we usually hear it having to do with treating leukaemia, it’s the drug of choice when poison oak is at its worst.

We understand there are some people that really don’t want to take any type of medications. This is completely understandable, and if this is the case, your doctor will provide you with some possible remedies to reduce itching and at least make your poison oak bearable. One of the most popular choices is finding something cool to place on the infected area. Whether it’s a bag of ice or a compression pack, both will be helpful. Unfortunately it only lasts for a short period of time.

Another option would be rubbing ice cubes over the rash several times throughout the day. You might even here solutions like taking an oatmeal-based bath. Most doctors will tell you not to use hot water, but we truly believe this depends on how receptive it is to each individual’s body.

Your doctor will most likely tell you calamine lotion is the way to relieve the itching, but we’ve heard it makes things worse for some people. However, it is a possible choice, and it might be able to help you.

Poison Oak Remedies

If you head to the doctor and none of their solutions work, consider trying a few different home remedies. There are several of them available, and any one of them could make the difference in your situation.

1. Vinegar and Baking Soda – Vinegar by itself doesn’t really do a whole lot, but when you mix it with baking soda there are plenty of benefits. The consistency should be like a paste that you put on your blisters before hopping in the shower. Make sure to scrub on the infected area and then wash yourself off as normal.

Once you’re finished, apply a little vinegar by itself. This approach does make the itching subside momentarily, but it also allows the area to heal a lot faster.

2. Use a Hair Dryer – It might sound like a crazy option, but using a hair dryer to heat the infected area can make the itch stop almost immediately. However, you have to be really careful you aren’t actually burning the skin. The best approach is putting it on medium heat and then getting a feel for what you can handle. Initially the itch will feel unbearable, but this only lasts for a minute. What it comes down to is any form of heat is helpful, as long as you use common sense.

3. Head to the Beach – Well, it doesn’t have to be a beach per-say, so a water park will do just fine. These establishments will use a lot of chlorine in their water, which is extremely helpful to your blisters if you go on a hot day. This approach allows the rash to dry out in about 24 hours and start to heal.

If the weather doesn’t permit this type of choice, consider going to the local gym and sitting in the pool for awhile. Some people have said Jacuzzis help, but we’ve also heard horror stories about them, so be careful if you take this approach.

4. Allergy Shots – Yes, a lot of people don’t know you can get allergy shots for poison oak. They aren’t very affective though, unless you are extremely allergic to the urushiol oil. However, it is a remedy, but it’s not something you can do at home. If you want to try this then you will have to call your doctor.

5. Mud Packs – We consider mud packs to be very similar to mixing vinegar and baking soda. They both have the same type of consistency, but mud packs don’t have all the benefits that baking soda offers. However, it is another choice, and we’re sure someone will want to try it if nothing else is working.

6. Rhus Toxicodendron – Definitely something difficult to pronounce, rhus toxicodendron is a homeopathic remedy made from poison ivy. The goal is to build up a natural immunity to poison oak. However, it’s more of a preventative measure than an actual remedy. You have to take it for 4 to 6 weeks, and we only recommend it for individuals who seem to be around poison oak plants several times throughout the year.

7. Mugwort Plants – If you have a mugwort plant somewhere around your area, it’s supposed to have a soothing effect for individuals dealing with poison oak. In order for it to be effective, you have to bruise the leaves like you would on an aloe vera plant. Rub it on the exposed area and see how well it works.

If you haven’t heard of a mugwort plant, they usually grow near or around the poison oak plants. They shouldn’t be too far away.

All of these poison oak treatments and remedies can work, but some of them may not work for you. It’s a trial and error process that might take a little time, but you can at least reduce some of the itching sensations by using multiple options. Then again; if you’re dealing with a severe case of poison oak, a trip to the doctor should be considered mandatory.