Home remedies for poison ivy, natural remedy for poison ivy, how to treat poison ivy, is poison ivy contagious? Find all the answers here.
Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac come from a family of plants known as Toxidendrons. The irritating substance that gives you that armful of "ouch" is a toxin called urushiol which is found in the roots, stems and leaves.
You will not get poison ivy rash just by standing close to the plant, or from another person who has the rash. You must touch it.
Poison ivy can also be picked up by touching an object that was exposed to the plant such as gardening tools, boots or pets. If poison ivy is burned, the toxin released into the air can cause severe lung irritation.
Contact with the plant causes the skin to turn red, a rash to develop, swell and blister. This rash is intensely itchy and can last for days. The itching and inflammation are caused by an allergic reaction to the toxin and everyone who comes into contact with it will suffer to a greater or lesser degree.
The best poison ivy cure is to avoid it in the first place. Gardeners should wear gloves and boots to protect themselves from poison ivy.
There is a good product called Dyna Shield Skin Protectant Barrier Cream that creates a barrier between your skin and the poison. it won't protect you completely but is a good idea if you know you are likely to be exposed to the plant.
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