Another no-no is also commonly used unfortunately. Some claim using hot water or hot air will help dry out the rash, and stop the itching and discomfort that poison ivy causes. Showering with hot water as hot as your unaffected skin can stand without burning is said to provide very effective relief, as is blowing warm air from a hairdryer on the rash in an attempt to also help to dry out any blisters. While it’s true that drying out the rash is the quickest way to get rid of it, these methods aren’t very effective nor are they a good idea to begin with.
The best defence and cure for poison ivy is, of course, to avoid it, so learn how to recognize the plants and be aware that they can grow as vines or shrubs. They can be spotted by their characteristic cluster of three pointed leaves. The leaves are shiny and the berries are green/yellow in color. Recognition is of particular importance for those people who love to be out in the countryside, camping and hiking. As a regular camper and hiker, you should already know that going into the great outdoors makes you fair game for a myriad of stinging insects as well as noxious plants like the poison ivy. If you are uncertain as to whether you will come across the plant or not, wear protective clothing, and if you are caught off guard, try to rinse off the affected area as quickly as possible to rid yourself of the plant’s toxic resin.