Poison Ivy Myths and Remedies

 

Poison Ivy: Myth vs Fact

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Behind the CounterPoison Ivy: Facts, Myths, and Treatment

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Poor, Misunderstood Poison Ivy

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What are some common myths about poison ivy

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Poison Ivy and How to Treat It

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Tips for treating poison ivy

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How to never have a serious poison ivy rash again

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Myth #2 – “Scratching poison ivy blisters will spread the rash.” Fact: As mentioned in the first myth, the rash you obtain is caused and spread by the urushiol found in poison ivy, oak and sumac. If you have the oil on your hands and scratch your nose, shoulders or forehead, then there is a good chance the rash will spread. Poison ivy home remedies can help to control and reduce the main symptom of poison ivy itching. These home remedies can include: cold, wet compresses made with Domeboro powder packets (modified Burow’s Solution) that can be applied to itchy areas of your child’s skin for 15 to 30 minutes several times each day. Myth #1: These plants are poisonous.

Truth: Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are all members of the Toxicodendron genus. All members of this group produce chemicals in their plant juices to which most human beings are able to develop a brisk allergic response. The first time one comes into contact with these chemicals there is generally no. Myth: Poison Ivy Is Catching Poison ivy is an allergic reaction to an oil called urushiol, released when the leaves of the poison ivy or poison oak or sumac are brushed or crushed.

Usually. Applying rubbing alcohol to a rash can help dry it up and prevent infection. Some other home remedies that act as astringents and can dry up a poison ivy rash include: witch hazel; apple cider.

Home Remedies for Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac Even though your rash can go away on its own in 1 to 3 weeks, your skin will feel better if you take some steps at home. To help with oozing problems. Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on poison ivy-affected skin is an old wives’ tale that may have some truth to it; the peel’s cooling qualities could provide itch relief. An application of watermelon rind is another poison ivy treatment some people swear by.

Although there’s no science to back up these remedies, it may be worth a try. Home remedies for poison ivy includes black vinegar to be put to the correct use. Vinegar in its acidic form is a good relief for the rashes as it will ensure the oils from the plant is dried and soaked up. With the blisters drying out, speedy. The best home remedies for poison ivy include washing the affected area, soaking in an oatmeal bath, applying an anti-itch cream, or using apple cider vinegar.

If your poison ivy rash is coupled with difficulty breathing or a fever, you should see a doctor immediately, as it may indicate an extreme allergic reaction. Poison Ivy Treatment and Rash Prevention Common Myths and Truths About Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac. Myth #7: Once the eruption occurs, there are a variety of treatments that easily suppress the reaction and can be.

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Herbal remedies that have been claimed (but never proven) to be effective are jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), which is an ingredient in Burt’s Bees Poison Ivy Soap, witch hazel bark, and aloe plant.

“Medicine for the Outdoors E-Book: The Essential Guide to Emergency Medical Procedures and First Aid” by Paul S. Auerbach
from Medicine for the Outdoors E-Book: The Essential Guide to Emergency Medical Procedures and First Aid
by Paul S. Auerbach
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

Millions of Americans yearly seek remedies for the irritation caused by poison ivy, oak, and sumac.

“Encyclopedia of Biology” by Don Rittner, Timothy Lee McCabe
from Encyclopedia of Biology
by Don Rittner, Timothy Lee McCabe
Facts On File, Incorporated, 2004

For poison ivy or poison oak, apply neat tea tree oil all over the area, then bind with cloths soaked in sweet fern hydrosol.

“Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy” by Suzanne Catty
from Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy
by Suzanne Catty
Inner Traditions/Bear, 2001

If you look up diaper rash, the authors recommend keeping the affected area clean and dry and prescribe rhus toxicodendron, better known as poison ivy.

“Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud” by Robert L. Park
from Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud
by Robert L. Park
Oxford University Press, 2002

It works on poison ivy, too, but better ones are available.

“Herbal Medicine Past and Present: A reference guide to medicinal plants” by J. K. Crellin, Jane Philpott, A. L. Tommie Bass
from Herbal Medicine Past and Present: A reference guide to medicinal plants
by J. K. Crellin, Jane Philpott, A. L. Tommie Bass
Duke University Press, 1990

Some people say that a big dose of sulphur and molasses, with a pinch of saltpeter, will render a person immune to poison ivy for several weeks.

“Ozark Magic and Folklore” by Vance Randolph
from Ozark Magic and Folklore
by Vance Randolph
Dover Publications, 1964

urushiol oil The active ingredient in POISON IVY that is one of the most potent external toxins known.

“The Encyclopedia of Skin and Skin Disorders” by Carol Turkington, Jeffrey S. Dover
from The Encyclopedia of Skin and Skin Disorders
by Carol Turkington, Jeffrey S. Dover
Facts on File, 2009

One herb, however, that can be used to good effect is Rhus toxicodendron (poison oak; poison ivy).

“Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft” by Raymond Buckland
from Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft
by Raymond Buckland
Llewellyn Publications, 1986

Michael Ellis, of the Texas State Poison Center, recommends a product called Easy-Ivy (also marketed as Ex-Nolo-Thylene) as the best poison ivy treatment that his center has tried.

“Edible and Useful Plants of Texas and the Southwest: A Practical Guide” by Delena Tull
from Edible and Useful Plants of Texas and the Southwest: A Practical Guide
by Delena Tull
University of Texas Press, 1999

These include poison ivy and poison oak, hemlock, poison sumac, belladonna, henbane, strychnos, etc.

“Ninja, the Invisible Assassins” by Andrew Adams
from Ninja, the Invisible Assassins
by Andrew Adams
Ohara Publications, 1970

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  • Once when I was in high school I was running away from a few people at night time ( no details needed). I was able to outrun them but they got in their car and once I heard it catching up to me I dove in the bushes. 3 days later I had maybe the worst poison oak rash ever because I had it LITERALLLY I repeat LITERALLY everywhere except the family jewels and chorizo luckily. But worst month ever ��

  • Dawn is most effective if you apply it to dry skin without water. When applied dry it’s at least as effective as any hand cleaner like fast orange or Lava soap, and maybe even more effective.

  • My boss told me that he was not allergic to poison ivy. I told him that he had probably never had a reaction, because he was never truly exposed. I asked him to show me some poison ivy, so he and I walked outside and he picked up some Virginia Creeper. I laughed and told him that what he had in his hand was not poison ivy. I pointed out the real poison ivy and he didn’t believe me and he picked some and rubbed it on his lips and near his nose and told me that I was wrong. I was flabbergasted. After a few days, he called in sick. When he came back to work, he told me that he had to go to the doctor to get a shot as his eyes were swollen shut and he had blisters all over his face and hands. He asked me to show him the real poison ivy again. We both laughed. He learned why it has the word poison in its name. I also showed him poison oak, but could not find any poison sumac. The info in this video is spot on. I used to get infected when I was a kid and just thought it was part of life if you rode motorcycles in the woods. I would have very bad reactions and had to visit a doctor’s office from time to time. One doctor sat me down and showed me what the plants looked like and told me about the window of time that I had to get the oils off of my skin. From that point on, my reactions to these horrible plants diminished. Every once in a while, I will got a spot or two, usually from cross-contamination, but nothing like when I was a kid. The key is recognition and getting the oils off of your skin in a timely manner.

  • There’s videos on how to prevent it. Rubbing alcohol doesn’t let it spread while rubbing t off with a rag. It’s oil that acts a lot like grease. You can wash it with dawn but no matter what you’re not getting all of it off. A large amount of it will stay but if you take just a rag and rub it off it comes right off, it’s better with dawn soap (dawn is better then even poison ivy soap) there’s a rule of 3 wash it thoroughly 3 times. (When you was your arms from car greade there’s always some left over behind arm and inbetween fingers so make sure you do a good 3 times) I recommend you go watch a video on it.

  • i got sick of listening to this idiot and just fileted the meat off my body. and everyone knows that its aids you get once and never get again. gah! idiots

  • for some reason I don”t get rash from these plants. When I was little I would play in the poison oak and never knew it was poisonous because I never had any issues. Im fortunate. Here in Northern CA poison oak can be found virtually everywhere. This unsightly plant/shrub doesn’t use it’s oils to protect delicious fruit or pretty flowers. The plant is spindly, and ugly and has the distinct appearance of being stunted for one reason or another. The little stalks/stems/shoots are SUPER tough and considerably malleable. These stems would probably stand up well over time as baskeet, mat, or shelter materials if they were worked in a traditional Native American manner to soften and remove toxic oils. I don’t know why the plant produces a rash on human skin because there doesn’t seem to be any evolutionary use for such a defense.

    It’s strange that plants have poisons and irritants and that bugs ad animals have venom…. Perhaps Im overthinking evolution, but how does the the negative or positive feedback loop work with regard to poison and toxic oil? How does the animal create the poison to affect specific bodily systems and how does the toxic venom know that it is strong enough? I understand breeding and the passing on of successful mutations and adaptations to the offspring of the succesful evolver. That alone doesn’t seem to be enough for me to make sense of it that is a lot of random chance, breeding, dying and millenia. Why is snake venom strong enough to kill humans when snakes eat tiny mice? It seems improper for the adaptation of venom to be so many times stronger than it needs to be in order to feed the host.

    Don’t even get me started on thorns and all the plants that love to rock ’em

  • When I learned Ohio’s woody plants in 1975, poison ivy was referred to as Rhus radicans or Rhus toxicodendron. I never did get the memo that they changed the genus.

  • Thanks man! This is right on time!; because I’ve got it all over my yard and in the fall, it’s ridiculous.I’m afraid to go out in my backyard because it seems, all I have to do is look at it and I would get it on me somehow, somewhere. I will follow your instructions from now on.

  • That oil can drift on the wind-I was afflicted just by being within 6-8 feet of the plant. It’s also helpful to know how to identify the plant. I had no idea it was there, someone else mentioned it later, after I broke out in a rash. A doctor told me that once your afflicted, the best treatment is to get a shot. Some kind of steroid, I think. Whatever it was, it made the itch go way real fast. Thanks for the video.