Patient Comments: Poison Ivy, Sumac, and Oak - Home Remedies

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What home remedies helped alleviate the symptoms and sign of your poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Sbh84, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 13

I have found that putting peppermint essential oil neat directly on all the affected area helps the poison ivy itch and dries out the area. The cooling effect is the best part as it completely makes the itching go away for hours! I also would use a combination of aloe with the oil.

Comment from: mat1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

Run hot water as hot as you can stand it over the poison ivy rash until the itching stops. Pat the rash dry. This will stop the itching for hours. Benadryl spray works well and antihistamine creams too. Rash will last 2 to 3 weeks though. Ugh.

Comment from: Tanace, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

Calamine feels good and dries up the blisters from poison ivy!

Comment from: Iriverdeb, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 21

I am an outdoor guide and highly allergic so I get poison ivy religiously once a summer. I have found dabbing non-diluted bleach on the area with a cotton ball pretty much nullifies the itching and spread of the reaction immediately and usually after only one application.

Comment from: Keagan, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

Growing up I have always gotten poison ivy and I have found that the best remedy for me was swimming in chlorine pools. It does not spread on me or other people so don’t worry about that. But the chlorine does a great job at drying it right up. I’ve had some of my worst cases go away in 2 days of swimming for 1 or 2 hours.

Comment from: Wendy G., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

Just rub hand sanitizer over the affected area as soon as possible after exposure to poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash. You get immediate relief.

Comment from: Dreamctchr, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 21

A friend of mine is suffering from poison ivy rash and major itching. She is allergic to a number of over the counter and prescribed medicines. She told me today that she heard about apple cider vinegar and said she is having great success with it relieving the itchiness. She says she keeps some by her bed with a cotton ball and when the itchiness wakes her up, she applies the cider vinegar and gets almost instant relief.

Comment from: IvyNoMore, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 01

Here are a few effective home remedies that work for the itch from poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash. Witch Hazel works in minutes and lasts for hours (great for bug bites too). Jewel weed helps relieve the itch as well as speeding up the healing (if you stop scratching). If you catch it quickly and before any bumps or itch, remove the top layer of skin with sand paper or any abrasive. This works because the skin that is immediately affected by touching the plant is removed. Wash real well with soap and water afterwards.

Comment from: tdrew, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 14

Cleaning poison ivy off of a large property, I have had multiple exposures this spring/summer. My immunity is increasing as the summer progresses. At first, I took Benadryl several times/day. When I took the Benadryl with no water, as the taste of it lingered, I found that all I need to do is remember the taste and the medicine itself is often not necessary (one half does per exposure as opposed to several doses per day).

Comment from: MomO3, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

For poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash, I mix baking soda and salt with just enough water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the area and it will help relieve the itch and dry the rash.

Comment from: Goldeagle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 26

A soap with lye like Octagon works great. Apply to rash area several times per day and don't wash off. It’s better than pharmacy products.

Comment from: Todd, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 25

Cortisone cream helps poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash. You buy it at the drug store. For prescription prednisone tablets you have to get a prescription from the doctor. Makes the itching, swelling and blister go away fast. Prednisone works like a cure and fast.

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Comment from: Mary Ellen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

Zanfel helped greatly with the itching. I had the poison ivy on my face, neck, hands, arm and legs. I also took prednisone. I could not have made it without the Zanfel though.

Comment from: cookie1265, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

Apple cider vinegar did not work for poison ivy rash so I went to clinic and got prednisone and cortisone. I could not sleep with the burning and itching, nothing less than the strongest medicine works for me. I didn’t know I was exposed to it till I woke up the next morning, so too late for all that scrubbing with soap. Same thing happened 30 years ago.

Comment from: barbieq, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

Jewel weed soap that I make myself or order on line from a person. It really works with poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash.

Comment from: stella31, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

Crest toothpaste! It works wonders with any kind of itching from poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash, bee stings, etc., anything!

Comment from: lucille, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I used to get tobacco poisoning when I worked in it at a younger age (actually handled the green leaf). My dad made a home remedy and it worked. It was a very dark liquid, something gritty in it and you dabbed in on the affected area, and it dried it up. I wish I could remember what he put in it. This is the fifties era, and I lived in the tobacco belt area.

Comment from: elizabeth, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 07

I have had good help for the poison ivy rash with herbs from top health food store; burdock root. I am A+ blood type, but my daughter could not use it.

Comment from: stajongra, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

My grandmother pulled the pig’s ears out of the yard, big leafed weeds. She would cook these and use the juice, depending on the type of poison. This works great but not sure which type.

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