Poison Ivy Soap
Need Poison Ivy Soap?
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of brushing up against the leaves of a poison ivy plant, then you know first-hand how unpleasant that can be. An itchy rash will appear, and depending on the severity of your reaction, there may even be fluid-filled blisters to contend with. It is almost impossible to resist scratching your skin, but to do so only makes it worse. Rest assured, outdoor lovers, there is a cure for what ails you. Several companies make soap to treat poison ivy rashes.
How Can Soap Help?
Poison ivy soap is one way to treat the itching and burning rash caused by contact with the poison ivy plant. Burt’s Bees Poison Ivy Soap is one such product and comes highly recommended with many four- and five-star reviews on Amazon. This soap for poison ivy is a natural, vegetable-based soap that contains kaolin and pine tar.
Lehman’s also makes a soap, Lehman’s Poison Ivy/Oak Relief Soap, that contains herbal extracts as well as oat bran and is glycerin based. It’s also GMO-free and handmade in the USA. Marie’s Original Poison Ivy/Oak Soap is another natural soap that will help remove the urushiol from the skin. Marie’s has 36 reviews with a 4.5 star average rating on Amazon. Any bar of these three soaps should be kept on hand if you spend any amount of time in wooded areas.
How To Use It
Even if you simply suspect that you may have had contact with poison ivy, you should wash your skin thoroughly with one of these soaps for poison ivy. Many users of these natural soaps swear by their effectiveness. Others believe stronger creams and ointments are necessary to ease the pain and to stop the redness and itching.
These soaps aren’t used the way a normal soap is! For example, according to Burt’s Bees, you should first wash the affected area with their soap, then rinse, then wash again and let the soap dry on your skin. Other soaps may be different. Be sure to follow the package instructions for the soap that you have.
Prevention is the Best Medicine
Of course, it is best to stay away from this type of poisonous plant completely. For hikers and campers who spend a lot of time outdoors, or for people who work outside as a part of their job or daily routine, this is unlikely, but you should at least be familiar with how to identity these plants. Here some sayings to help you remember the next time you’re out in the brush:
Leaves of three, let them be
Longer middle stem; stay away from them
Hairy vine, no friend of mine