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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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Spectra Spectra 9 years
I am so glad I've never encountered poison ivy because I'm sure my sensitive skin would break out instantly. Good to know that these home remedies work! Interesting that the tomato juice thing works on poison ivy just as well as it gets rid of skunk smell.
orangek8 orangek8 9 years
Stefanie, I'm one of those super sensitive people. I would get this itchy, rough patch on my lips every once in awhile, and could never figure it out. Finally one day I remembered specifically that I had chowed down on a mango (I used to like to eat them all sloppy-like and pretend I lived on an island) the day before, so I looked it up online and discovered that. Now I have to wash my mangoes thoroughly, cut the skin off, wash my hands again and THEN eat it.
Evalicious Evalicious 9 years
Great Advice - my husband is soo allergic he gets it if he stands downwind from p.ivy.
marydaz marydaz 9 years
I am super sensitive to poison ivy and this helped me a lot a couple summers ago when I had a bad case on my legs: run super-duper hot water over the blisters (easiest if you have a detachable shower head)--as hot as you can stand--until the tingling goes away. It will prickle like the dickens at first but then subside and feel 100% better, plus it helps dry out/heal the blisters. I did this 1-2 times a day and it worked way better than any cream.
StefanieO StefanieO 9 years
I can't believe the mango one works - mangoes are in the same family as poison ivy and their skins contain a much weaker form of the toxin that give you a rash. Some super-sensitive people even get irritation from eating mango right off the skin.
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
Wash the area thoroughly as soon as you can (preferably within 10-15 minutes) WITH SOAP or detergent, along with any clothes that might have been contaminated. Also, rubbing alcohol. Try taking an antihistamine. Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride (Benadryl, Dimedrol, Nytol) is a good choice, but try whatever you've got. If you have any difficulty breathing, see a doctor right away. Soaking the area in ice water occasionally should help relieve the itch.
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