Skin irritation from poison oak is not a serious health problem; it is more of an allergy a person has for the plant. There are various home remedies for poison oak available; however instead of looking for a remedy, it is better to prevent coming in contact with the plant in the first place.
The first thing you have to do if you do touch poison oak or ivy is to wash the area at least 3 times. This helps remove most of the plant’s poison. Even rubbing alcohol or soap on the area helps remove the poison.
To prevent the rash from spreading further, just wet the infected region and rub plain table salt on it.
Home remedies for poison oak involves making a paste of the leaves and stem of jewelweed plant or the touch-me-not plant to the affected region after cleaning the area.
Rub the rind of watermelon, banana skin, orange or lemon for immediate relief when rash appears. If there is still some itching, apply a paste of water and either baking soda or cornstarch. It is better to apply banana peel over the skin after taking a hot bath for quick relief.
Another remedy is mixing equal portions of apple cider vinegar and water and dabbing it to the affected skin area with cotton wool. Repeat this several times for relief.
Home remedies for poison oak involves boosting your healing system by eating foods rich in vitamin C like oranges, sweet lime, lemon, Indian gooseberry and strawberries.
Try soaking in a tepid oatmeal bath by placing two cups of oatmeal in a cheese cloth, and adding it to the running water of your bath. Let the oatmeal steep for a few minutes before bathing with warm or cool water. Do not use hot water as it will aggravate the condition. You could also add Epsom salts or baking soda to the water for added relief.
Alternatively, you could also pour 3 cups of oats to water, and soak and rub the infected region in it for relief.
Burdock roots have medicinal properties that when used in a tea, applied to the skin and let to dry, provides lots of relief from the symptoms of poison oak.
Potato is commonly used in home remedies for poison oak. All you have to do is blend potato in a mixer or blender and apply this paste to the affected skin as frequently as possible to reduce skin irritation and itching.
Placing the infected region under running water helps wash away the histamines that cause the itch.
Home remedies for poison oak involves mixing quarter cup of bleach with ¾ cup of water and applying to the infected region using a washcloth. This helps kill the poison in 2-3 days’ time.
Applying aloe Vera gel to the infected region provides instant and cool relief.
Last but not least, wear full, loose clothes with protective gear when in the woods to avoid coming in contact with poison ivy and looking for home remedies for poison oak. Also, don’t try burning poison oak as it will only result in the emission of dangerous smoke that is dangerous to the eyes, nose, lungs and throat.