Try these home remedies for poison oak to stop the itching and get back to your day! You can cure poison oak with a simple store ingredient to draw out the toxins.
Maybe you were trying to wade through the overgrown weeds in your garden and stumbled upon a ripe old poison oak plant. Or you were doing yard work and didn't see it hiding in the corner waiting for you.
Perhaps one of your kids just came running through the back door screaming and pointing to a big rash on their leg while scratching at it fervently.
In any case, poison oak can be a huge pain. The large majority of people across the world respond with an allergic reaction to the urushiol oil inside the plant. There are a lucky few who don't- but that isn't very many of us!
Leaves of three, leave them be!
The absolute first thing you need to do when you get a poison oak rash is to wash it with plenty of soap and hot water.
If you do this quickly enough, the soap can prevent the urushiol oil inside the plant from bonding to your skin.
This natural oil is what triggers an allergic reaction in most people. It is best if you can wash it within the first five minutes.
Your second task, as difficult as it is, is to try not to scratch the area. It is a myth that the poison can spread this way. However, scratching can cause scarring.
Fresh aloe vera gel is one of the best home remedies for poison oak. You can use it either straight from the cactus plant (preferable), or from a bottle. It is best to try to find an organic version without added dyes.
Aloe vera will not only provide poison oak relief, but it will also help heal your skin as well.
Take an oatmeal bath. Or, if you don't have the oatmeal bath mix, add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your hot bath and soak for at least 30 minutes. This is cheaper than an oatmeal bath and just as effective at relieving poison oak symptoms.
To start an oatmeal bath, place 1 cup of oatmeal into a food processor or coffee grinder and grind into a fine powder. Run your bath water and then mix the powder around in the water until it has dissolved and the water feels silky. Soak for at least 30 minutes.
Poison oak relief works differently for every body. If worse comes to worse, you can always try icing the area for a minute or two at a time. This will numb your skin so you cannot feel the itching anymore.
If you know you'll be in an area where poison oak is prominent, take preventative measures so you don't have to deal with the aftermath. Wear tall socks and long pants. Make sure you have on a good pair of sneakers or boots.
Keeping yourself physically protected in the first place is much better than trying to treat the problem after it has already occurred. Obviously, if you're symptoms are worse than just a small rash, home remedies for poison oak may not be enough and you will need to see a doctor right away.