Poison Ivy Rash Remedies
If you’re like me, summer means endless bouts of painful poison ivy rashes. With me it is an immediate reaction; no breakouts one day, red, swollen, itchy, oozing blisters the next. This summer was no different, May brought a rash on my face so bad (swollen eye lids, swollen lips, eruptions all around my nose, you get the picture) I had to go to my doctor’s office where he prescribed prednisone. Being in retail and dealing with customers I really had no choice.
Anyway, that was May, here it is July and although I am still getting poison ivy, because it is still abundant in my yard and I have two dogs, that seem to love to rub against it, it is not turning into the monster it always does. The rash does not get inflamed and it is gone in a day or two. I was puzzled. Happy but confused. Then I realized what was different this summer.
I’ve been working out at a local gym for two months now. Six days a week, an hour each day brings on a lot of achy joints and sore muscles. So, I’ve been taking a lot of natural anti-inflammatory supplements to help me recover from these workouts. These supplements are not only helping me recover from workouts but also making poison ivy rashes almost undetectable.
Fish oil is really high on my list. I take at least 1,500mg of EPA from fish oil every day. Hugh anti-inflammatory .
Vitamin C (with bioflavonoids), 1,500 mg a day. This helps the fish oil not to oxidize in my body before it can be fully absorbed. This natural antihistamine is great for poison ivy since it helps reduce swelling in rashes also.
Solgar’s No. 7. This is a one a day which contains anti-inflammatories to reduce joint pain. Helping me with poison ivy too.
I’m taking all this but #1 for you, if allergic to poison ivy or poison oak, is 3,000 to 8,000 mg a day of Vitamin C with bioflavoniods. This will stop the rash from spreading and becoming infected.
For topical application I have three recommendations:
- Jewelweed Lotion by Rustic Remedies. Love this stuff for taking away the itch. HERBS, ETC. has Ivy Itch Releaf that contains jewel weed and grindelia. Two of the best herbals for poison ivy rashes.
- Black Walnut helps stop the poison ivy rash from spreading and also helps prevent infection.
- Wormwood for its topical healing properties. Try to find these together in a tincture to apply topically. Gaia Herbs has it.
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