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Ease the itch of poison ivy

(HealthDay News) -- Poison ivy rash usually isn't dangerous, but it sure is uncomfortable.

Try these suggestions to help ease the itch:

  • Take a short, lukewarm oatmeal bath in a solution bought at the drug store.
  • Take a lukewarm bath and add 1 cup of baking soda to the bath water.
  • Take a short, cool shower.
  • Apply calamine lotion to the rash.
  • Apply a cool compress (wash cloth dampened with cold water) to the itchy skin.
  • Don't use a topical antihistamine, which could worsen the rash. But do take an oral antihistamine.

Attribution: -- Diana Kohnle

 

American Academy of Dermatology

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First published: 07/08/2013
Last updated: 07/08/2013