Exactly What To Do If You Get Poison Ivy

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July 1, 2016

This summer, while we’re out there camping glamping (let’s be honest), it’s important to remember those safety tips and rules that we learned way back when perhaps during those days as a girl scout or at sleepaway camp. We’ll never forget the handy rhyme “leaves of three, let them be” to remind us which leaves aren’t safe – but what do we do if we accidentally come in contact with poison ivy?

The American Academy of Dermatology explains that poison ivy is caused by the oil that is found in the plant, and isn’t actually contagious and it doesn’t spread – if you see it in new spots, it’s just a delayed reaction. BUT – if you see the rash swelling, this is a sign of a serious reaction, and go see a doctor ASAP.

If your rash is just itchy or red, here are some tips to help calm your reaction:

  • Try applying a cold compress to the area to help with possible itchiness
  • Use some soothing calamine lotion, non-prescription hydrocortisone cream, or an antihistamine. These remedies should help with the itching and redness, too.

Hopefully, these tips will help you prepare for any unwanted poison ivy on your nature excursion. So get your tent, marshmallows, and sleeping bags, and head off into the great outdoors this summer feeling prepared!

Be sure to check out The One Thing You Should Always Do Before Going To Bed and The One Thing You Should Never Do After Getting A Mosquito Bite

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