he majority of people (approximately 80 to 85 percent of the population) are allergic to poison oak. If exposed, you will begin to notice symptoms after one to six days.
What may start as minor skin irritation can quickly develop into a rash that blisters and oozes liquid. Yeah, gross (sorry if you were just eating your lunch). Although the rash will typically heal in ten to 12 days, some people are affected worse than others.
If you notice that you have a fever, experience facial swelling, have trouble swallowing or any other serious side effect, seek medical attention as you may be having a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Here are seven natural treatment options for Poison Oak
If you do not have an aloe vera plant in your house, I highly recommend that you get one. Mine has come to my rescue on numerous occasions. Just like you would following a sunburn, apply the gel from a fresh aloe plant to the affected area. Not only will this help soothe the itch, but also speed-up the healing process.
Baking soda paste
Being a common kitchen ingredient, baking soda will help lessen symptoms such as itching and swelling. Simply combine one-part water with three parts baking soda. You can then apply the paste directly to the affected area. You can also soak in a baking soda bath or make a baking soda compress.
A natural astringent, witch hazel will reduce inflammation and promote the healing of blisters. This remedy offers soothing and cooling properties, reducing your temptation to itch! Apply liberally and allow the witch hazel to dry completely.
Old-fashioned oatmeal bath
If you had the chickenpox as a kid, you likely remember bathing in oatmeal. This remedy will provide similar relief. Simply grind a cup of oatmeal until it is a fine powder. Pour into an old nylon stocking or piece of cheesecloth and tie it to the faucet of your tub. As the water runs, you’ll create a soothing environment to soak in. You can also hold the wet oatmeal pouch directly on the affected area.
Apple cider vinegar
Before the rash has a chance to blister, apply apple cider vinegar to the area. The acidity in the vinegar will prevent the rash from spreading as it absorbs the poison through your pores. This remedy will also help dry out emerging blisters so that they do not cause additional discomfort. You can either make a compress, create a paste with baking soda or apply a simple rinse (1:1 water to vinegar).
Tea tree oil
There are a number of essential oils that can help remedy a poison oak rash. Of those, tea tree oil offers beneficial properties. Offering antimicrobial properties, tea tree oil heals from within. Since infection is the most common complication associated with poison oak, this is a remedy you won’t want to skip. To enhance the effects, dilute a few drops into approximately 40 drops of witch hazel.
At the end of the day, nothing beats prevention