Summer is a favorite time of year for outdoor play and adventure. Unfortunately, camping trips and bicycle rides can often lead to nasty cases of poison ivy, oak and sumac. However, extremely uncomfortable for the afflicted person.
Symptoms include redness, itching, swelling, and blisters, according to Mayo Clinic. Rashes caused by poison ivy, oak, or sumac typically heal on their own within a few weeks. You can make the rash less irritating and quicken the recovery process by following these home remedies.
1. Turmeric and lemon juice.
Natural News swears by the home remedy of mixing equal parts turmeric and lemon or lime juice. Apply the thick paste to the rash and let it soak in for fifteen minutes. You will likely be amazed by the fast and effective results.
You may laugh at the image of a beauty queen relaxing with cucumbers on her eyelids. But cucumbers do in fact have cooling properties. Reader’s Digest recommends placing cucumber slices directly on the rash, or applying mashed cucumber as a sort of paste to the affected area.