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What are home remedies for poison ivy, oak, or sumac?

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Even though your rash can go away on its own in 1 to 3 weeks, your skin will feel better if you take some steps at home.

To help with oozing problems, try over-the-counter creams or lotions that you put on the rash, such as:

For itchiness, apply baking soda or colloidal oatmeal to your skin. And for an oozing rash, give aluminum acetate a try.

  • Calamine lotion
  • Zinc carbonate
  • Zinc oxide

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac."

FDA: "Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Poison Ivy Treatment."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Poison Ivy."

Mayo Clinic: "Poison Ivy Rash: Lifestyle and Home Remedies," "Treatments and Drugs."

UpToDate: "Poison ivy (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 09, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac."

FDA: "Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Poison Ivy Treatment."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Poison Ivy."

Mayo Clinic: "Poison Ivy Rash: Lifestyle and Home Remedies," "Treatments and Drugs."

UpToDate: "Poison ivy (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 09, 2017

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