Epsom Salt Soak For Poison Ivy

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Whats the best way to dry out poison ivy?
    What is the best way to dry out poison ivy?

    • ANSWER:
      Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) -
      Put a tablespoon of soda in a cupful of water; more may be added if the water will dissolve it. Wash the affected area with the solution and/or make it into a poultice. Change often enough to keep the application cool. Cover open blisters with sterile gauze. Another remedy calls for making baking soda into a paste. Baking soda is a good drying agent.

      Bleach Household-
      bleach can be used to remove the poison ivy resin and treat the itch. Dab the affected area with a cotton ball soaked in a mixture of half water/half bleach. If you put this solution on blisters, they should be gone the next day. Should the above remedy irritate your skin, try making a wet compress and add some table salt or Epsom salts to the mixture, and apply for 30 minutes. This will help dry out the area.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of this poison ivy fast?? I got it in bad spots!?
    I got poison ivy on my waist, where my belt line is, on my genitals and on my face! How do I get rid of it fast? What I have done before when I have had it on my calf muscle and arm was just soak in a tub then scratch with a brissel pad until I bled. It sounds horrible but it worked. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      I had poison oak on my face 2 years ago, it was bad too. 1/2 my face looked like it was morphing or something. (grose) Anyhow, if you have health insurance, go to the DR. and they'll give you a shot and/or sterroids to get rid of it. Dries it up in less than three days. It still has to have time to heal the open sores, of course. If your DR isn't in call if you have to get refered to the ER. If it's heading for your eye I'd deffinately go soon. And because it's on your genitals, Ouch! Someone told me once to beat eggwhites until they are real stiff, add epsom salts and put it on until it dries and do it again. It HURTS LIKE A MOTHER!!!! and didn't help me at all.

  3. QUESTION:
    What should I do if I have poison ivy on my butt?
    Should I scratch it with my fingernails, or scrape it off with a cheese grater or something of the sort? Or should I just spend the extra money and see a doctor?

    If I go with the second choice, what do you recommend I do with the finely shredded "cheese"? Will it be edible, or no?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes remove as much of the poison ivy as possible.

      1. Soothe itching with cool, wet compresses.
      2. Add approximately 5 c. ground oatmeal or baking soda to a cool bath and soak for 15 to 30 minutes.
      3. Add baking soda or Epsom salts to your bath, or make a paste of either of these and apply it to the rash.
      4. Opt for lotions containing calamine, alcohol and zinc acetate; these will dry the blisters and help speed healing.

  4. QUESTION:
    What kind of skin rash is this?
    On Sunday a rash apeared on the inside of my elbow. It kind of looked like poison ivy, but I know that its not. Yesterday it began to spread up and dowm my arm about 2 inches in both directions. There are now a few pus pockets and it itches like crazy but doesn't hurt. What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe you got bit by something in your sleep.
      Douce it in peroxide and wrap it in a cloth bandage with a little neosporin on it.
      If it doesn't clear up in a couple days after that, see your doctor.

      Soak it in hot water with epsom salt before you change the bandage each time.

  5. QUESTION:
    What should I keep in my medicine cabinet?
    My future husband and I will be moving into our home in a few months and I would like to have a list of things I should keep in our medicine cabinet to have just in case. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      a pain killer or two - one for short term (aspirin, tylenol, etc) and a long term (aleve - works well for getting a nights sleep when you have cramps)

      Cold remedies

      Hydrogen peroxide

      Band-aids, butterfly sutures (for those cuts that are bad, but not bad enough to need stitches), gauze and tape

      benedryl or similar allergy medicine

      Pepto-bismol (so something for upset stomach, diarrhea, etc)

      Anti-acid such as tums, or alka seltzer

      laxative or stool softener of some kind

      Calamine lotion for poison ivy or weeping rashes

      Epsom salts for the hall closet - works for sore muscles and as a laxative

      warming muscle rub such as ben gay

      Tweezers - to remove splinters (soaking them in epsom salt solution will make wood splinters easier to remove)

      An eye wash cup and eye drops

      Dental floss

      Clove oil - for toothaches - because they pop up suddenly, and you dont want to rtun out in the middle of the night

  6. QUESTION:
    I was around a lot of poison oak about a hour ago. will I now break out with a rash?
    I found a great place to climb out in the woods... until I run into a bunch of poison oak covered trees! Should I buy some lotion or will I be OK?

    • ANSWER:
      . Barrier creams could help too, but they are again not horribly effective. When gardening and getting rid of weeds make sure that you wear gloves with your shirt sleeves tucked in tight so as to also protect the wrists and forearms which generally tend to get exposed. Gloves are extremely important and it would be best to use vinyl ones as they are not absorbent as most other materials.

      In the event that you are exposed to poison ivy or suspect that you may have come in contact with the plant, then it would be wise to wash your skin with cool water as thoroughly as possible. However, this needs to be done swiftly as the reaction although not noticeable will already begin to set in. Since direct skin contact is not the only source of cause of a poison ivy rash and contact with residue left on other objects or animals is also a risk factor, it would be advisable to thoroughly wash all articles of clothing and any other objects that came in contact with the plant. Besides this you could also bathe your pet thoroughly if they have been roaming outdoors in areas that could have poison ivy.

      Treating poison ivy rashes should therefore quite naturally begin with a cleansing routine for poison ivy removal from clothing and any other household items. The condition normally resolves naturally within one to three weeks, but here are some home remedies for poison ivy rash that should offer some prompt poison ivy relief.

      Once the skin begins to blister and itch it is most important that you avoid giving in to the urge to scratch at the inflamed and blistered skin. Breakage of the blisters and skin damage could lead to a bacterial infection that would be much worse than the poison ivy rash itself. One natural remedy for poison ivy relief involves the use of hot water and bananas. Strange as it may sound this is actually believed to offer considerable relief from the poison ivy rash symptoms. Take a hot shower as this will actually help relieve the inflammation. After you’re done showering apply a banana peel over the areas of skin that are experiencing a rash for quick poison ivy relief.

      One of the ingredients used in remedies and home treatments for poison ivy relief would be burdock roots. This unassuming herb has medicinal properties and can be used to prepare tea that can be applied to the skin and left to dry. This provides some much needed relief from the symptoms.

      Potato is used for a variety of skin treatments like skin lightening, sunburn relief, and for many other inflammatory conditions. It is also one of the commonly used ingredients in home remedies for poison ivy rashes. Simply blend a potato in a mixer or blender until it is completely mashed into a pasty blob. Apply the paste over the skin that is affected. Do this as frequently as possible to reduce the skin irritation and itching.

      Oatmeal is again known to be very soothing for skin conditions and it would be a good idea to have an oatmeal bath or soak. Likewise you could also add Epsom salts or baking soda to your bath water.

      Use of Aloe Vera Juice
      Rub alcohol to the affected area, then rinse it with water and later wash with soap and water.

      Wet the infected area and rub plain table salt on it, this will not only relieve the victim but also stop further spread.

      Rub the inner side of a banana peel on the rash. This will help you to relieve itching.

      Place the infected area under running water. This will wash away histamines which cause itching of skin.

      Pour 3 cups of oats into warm water and soak the infected area into it. Simultaneously rub the affected area. Doing this will relieve you of itching.

      Mix 1/4 cup of bleach with 3/4 cup of warm water and apply to the affected area using a washcloth. This will kill the poison within 2 to 3 days.

      Apply aloe vera juice over the affected area, this will cool and provide instant relief.

epsom salt soak for poison ivy

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