Treatment of Poison Ivy
Poison ivy dermatitis is self limiting and in many cases, the symptoms may disappear within a few days to three weeks.
• Washing with water or Tecnu can help in reducing the severity of the rash. Only water should be used to wash the exposed part since soap can move the resin However, this step is only effective if it done immediately after contact. After ten minute of exposure, only half of the resin is removable and by half an hour, only 10% of it can be removed.
• Treatment of poison ivy dermatitis is aimed at controlling the itching. Anti histamines which cab be taken orally such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can help the itching in some cases.
• Over the counter or prescribed cortisone creams can only help if they are applied at the very beginning of appearance of rash, before any signs of blisters or when blisters are dried.
• A moist compress of Burow’s Solution and cool water can help in drying the blister faster.