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Cure It at Home: Poison Ivy

So you went hiking last weekend and you accidentally tromped through a patch of poison ivy. You've got a nasty, blistery rash all over your feet and you want it to go away pronto. I've only tried a few of these home remedies, so I can't vouch for all of them, but anything's worth one try when you're itching like crazy.

  • Jewelweed, a common weed found in damp areas, is often used to help treat the rash. Mash the weed and apply to your itchy skin.
  • For 20 minutes, take a bath in salt water, or swim in a chlorinated pool to dry out the rash.
  • Bathe in tomato juice.
  • To relieve the itch, cut a mango in half and smear the juice over the rashy area for 10 minutes.
  • Spray the rash with a deodorant containing aluminum.
  • Apply tea tree oil to the affected area to help dry it out and clear up the rash faster.

Fit's Tip: Of course, if you have a really aggressive case, I'd talk to your doctor about what over-the-counter or prescription meds he would recommend.

If you have any other home remedies for poison ivy, please share them in the comment section below.


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