Treating a Poison Ivy Rash
Despite your best efforts, you cannot always protect yourself from the effects of poisonous plants. If you have an allergic reaction, a number of remedies can help reduce your discomfort:
- Use a cold compress to relieve itching.
- To relieve itching, try calamine lotion, an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, or antihistamine.
- Call your health care provider if the rash is near your eyes or covers a large part of your body.
Getting outdoors is great, as long as you understand what you might encounter and take simple steps to protect yourself.