Always bear in mind that poison ivy is considered as a poisonous plant that produces urushiol which is an oily substance present on the stems, leaves and even the roots. Once urushiol gets in contact with the skin, many individuals develop allergic contact dermatitis. The blisters caused by poison ivy often develop several days after the rash forms on the skin.
The blisters caused by poison ivy can become itchy and weep fluids from the skin but it will not spread infection or contaminate others. There are various home remedies that can be used to manage the blisters caused by poison ivy as well as minimize the symptoms. A doctor should be consulted if home remedies could not help alleviate the symptoms experienced by the individual.
The blisters can open up and become susceptible to infection if they are constantly scratched, thus it is vital to keep the fingernails trimmed short to prevent irritating the blisters. Children and even adults can greatly benefit from wearing gloves at night.
Moist, loose gauze or a damp bandage can be used to protect the blisters from being scratched. Take note that the bandage will keep the blisters clean while at the same time reduce the risk for infection.
Application of cold compress
A cold compress can help provide relief to the itchiness as well as soften the hard crusts on the blisters and rashes. Washcloths, paper towels or gauze can be used as a compress. Take note that the compresses can be used all over the day as often as needed to provide relief to the itchiness.
You can use an electric fan directly on the wet compress since it helps reduce the itchiness and dries the weeping blisters. The individual can also rub an ice cube directly on the skin and the site of the blisters. You can learn how to provide a cold compress by enrolling in a first aid class.
Topical drying agents
Baking soda and oatmeal combined in a small amount of water will create a paste that helps dries the skin and reduce the itchiness. You can apply the paste over the skin and allow it to air dry. Both baking soda and oatmeal can be added to cool tepid baths for relief from the itchiness.
A commonly used over-the-counter product is calamine lotion. The lotion works by cooling and drying the oozing blisters caused by poison ivy. It is recommended to apply the lotion 3-4 times a day until the affected skin stops oozing. If calamine lotion is used for some time, it will dry out the skin, thus causing an increase in the itchiness and cracking of the skin. Other drying agents that can be used include Burrow’s solution and witch hazel but they can cause a stinging sensation once applied on the blistered skin.