Poison oak is mainly a weed which usually found in the United States of America. It is not found in Hawaii, Alaska and few desert area of Nevada. You can have some itchy rashes for this weed. Rashes occur due to the colourless oil element which is called Urushiol. Be careful when you are stepping. If you step on, crush, cut or grab this plant, it will release this poisonous oil. This oil will give you the itchy rashes within 12 to 48 hours. First the rashes will look like small bumps and then it will be like puffy blisters. Face, hands, legs and genitals are mostly affected in this rash. But other area too can be affected. You need to cure these rashes with medicine or home remedies.
Here Are 5 Home Remedies Which You Can Try To Heal Poison Oak
Soon after you realise that poisonous oil has touched your skin don’t waste any time and wash it with water. Stay at least 10 to 15 minutes under the running cold water. Avoid hot and warm water. If you feel it has touched in your hands then rub it with soap and water. You can use brush to clean it from your nails and fingers. Remember never use that soap or brush again.
After washing if you see some rashes then cold compress will be the best idea. Wrap some ice in a clean cloth and compress it on effected area. You also can apply chilled fruit like watermelon. Apply the ice pack for about 15 minutes on blisters. After that allow your effected body part to dry naturally without using any cloth. This cold compress method is helpful for only minor reaction.
This is also a weed but it has the power to kill the poison of other weeds. It has hanging and glowing stems with yellow and orange coloured trumpet shaped flowers. The most effective for poison oak is the one which has orange flower. Just apply the juice of its stems on your effected area. This juice will stop the development of the rashes.
Urushiol has an acid element which forms the allergy. If you use baking soda means sodium bicarbonate, it will heal the inflammation and blisters will dry soon. For better effect you can use the baking soda with water.
Oatmeal has some element which is anti- inflammatory. Oatmeal will be the best medicine for poison oak. Take an oatmeal bath to cure your rashes and blisters. It is also good for your skin.