Now that the days are getting warmer and longer, we start to spend more time outdoors. Not only do we have to be careful with the sun's dangerous radiation, but we also need to know that there are poisonous plants that will give us a hard time. One of these poisonous plants I am going to talk about today is poison ivy. Poison ivy may have a safer look, but when you accidently touch it, you will experience dermatitis, or simply put an ivy itch and rash. This is an unpleasant condition, but in fact it does not pose a threat to our lives.

The best thing to do is to learn to recognize poison ivy in order to avoid the rash that appears from direct contact with it. Remember this rhyme and you might be safe – “Leaves of three, let them be”. If you fail to identify it because there's a thick vegetation, do not worry because there are different treatments for this ailment.

The symptoms you get after being exposed to are related to your sensitivity and the severity of exposure. The most characteristic symptom is a rash, but some people may have other more serious symptoms. The rash will not appear immediately after you were in contact, but it will start two or three days after that. You will get red, itchy blisters or bumps. In some cases, people have had problems with the airways, eyes and lungs.

The best treatment is prevention. But if you were already in direct contact with the plant, you should wash the area with soap and water, it should be done immediately after exposure though. There are some products that will help you ease the rash, those products are Zanfel, Ivy Cleanse Towelettes and Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub.

If you want to try some natural options, here are some homemade remedies that will help you cope with the rash:

– Banana peel: you should rub the inside of a banana peel on the rash. It is believed to provide instant relief.

– Aloe Vera gel: aloe vera is useful in healing small cuts and gives relief to sunburns, just apply the gel to the rash.

– Dishwashing liquid: the anti-grease components in the dishwashing liquid make it the perfect remedy for poison ivy.

These home remedies would help you get rid of pain and provide instant relief as part of poison ivy treatment.