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Poison Ivy/Poison Oak


About
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac all share similar symptoms and are all sometimes called Poison Ivy. A breakout may occur after touching the plant or after touching something else that has come in contact with the plant. Symptoms include burning and itching skin, a red rash that has oozing blisters, and swelling.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Animals can carry urushiol into your home if they have passed through poison ivy or poison oak, and they can pass it to you. Clean them off with water, taking care not to touch them with your bare skin.
  • Do not use topical steroids for poison ivy.
  • Some severe cases (where fever, facial or genital swelling, difficulty urinating, etc. are present) may require oral prednisone (a steroid) to help with itching and swelling. Be aware of serious side effects that may occur as a result of this medication.
  • Take necessary precautions to prevent coming in contact with poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac. Wear heavy clothing and gloves at times you may come across these poison plants. Wash all clothing and skin that comes in contact with the plants. Skin should be thoroughly scrubbed within ten minutes of contact with plant. Educate yourself and teach children about identifying dangerous plants in order to avoid them.


Advice
  • Aloe vera juice, tofu, watermelon rind, or a mix of 1 pint of buttermilk and 1 tablespoon of sea salt can help cool the affected area.
  • Home remedies often work well in easing mild cases. Hot water compresses, herbal preparations, and homeopathic remedies are often effective.
  • Keep your body cool to keep itching under control.
  • One pint of Burow's solution mixed with fifteen pints of water can be used as a compress to ease discomfort.
  • Place the infected skin in a mix of colloidal oatmeal and cool water and allow it to sit for a while.
  • See a doctor if the following symptoms are present: extreme swelling or redness, fever, rash over half the body, or rash near mouth, genitals, or eyes.
  • Water and baking soda, oatmeal, cornstarch, or Epsom salt can be made into a paste to help alleviate itching.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Vitamin C
Importance: High
Comments: Protects against infection. Keeps the rash from spreading. Antihistamine. Decreases swelling.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Aloe vera
Type: External
Purposes: Alleviates itching and burning.
Dosage: Follow directions on label. Use whenever needed.

White Oak Bark
Type: External
Purposes: Mix with lime water to make a compress. Change as needed.
Dosage: Half white oak bark and half lime water.

Marshmallow Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Promotes healing. Eases discomfort.

Tea tree oil
Type: External
Purposes: Kills germs. Promotes healing.

Witch Hazel
Type: External
Purposes: Promotes healing. Alleviates itching.

Black Walnut
Type: External
Purposes: Antiseptic. Combats infection.

Bloodroot
Type: External
Purposes: Decreases swelling.
Cautions: Pregnant women should not use bloodroot.

Echinacea
Type: Internal/ External
Purposes: Helps skin heal. Enhances immune system.

Goldenseal
Type: External
Purposes: Eases inflammation.
Cautions: If you have ragweed allergies, be careful using goldenseal.

Myrrh
Type: External
Purposes: Potent antiseptic.