Monday, September 29, 2014

Naturally Treating Sumac Part 2

If you decide that trying to treat your case of poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac naturally is the route for you, there are some things to keep in mind.

First, this is not a "quick" remedy. Depending on the severity of your outbreak, it could take a few weeks. The key is to catch it early and make changes to limit the spread of the rash. I don't know if I would recommend trying this method with young children. They may not be able to handle the discomfort for the duration. This method also requires a lot of work. You have to be consistent and remain diligent in your efforts to succeed.

The first thing you will have to do is cut your nails. If you have acrylic nails, I recommend having them removed. The reason is because the oils from the plant get under your nails and if you touch another part of your body, then you will risk spreading the rash.

You will also want to wash any gardening tools that have come in contact with the poison. The oils from sumac can stay on your gardening tools for YEARS so get some soap and water and wash them up.

You will be doing lots of laundry. Lots and lots of laundry. In my house everyone hangs their towels over the shower rod to dry. So we all tend to use each other's towels. During this time you want to make sure that this does not happen. Even if you pat yourself dry, you risk breaking open any blisters that may form and that can also lead to spreading the rash not only to other members of the family but to other parts of your body.

You will also want to change the sheets more often. While I did not change mine everyday, I was close. You scratch in your sleep and this can lead to you guessed it spreading of the rash.

I know this sounds like a lot to do and it would be much easier to just bite the bullet and go to the doctor. But, if you really are not looking forward to taking a day off work to spend in the doctor's office, then this may be an alternative for you.

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