First Aid FAQ's

How do you stop the itching of poison ivy or poison oak?

Rashes from poison ivy and poison oak can be extremely itchy. To stop the itch, try applying a cold compress of an ice pack wrapped in a towel for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Calamine lotion, a topical antihistamine, hydrocortisone cream, or aloe vera gel may also help soothe the itch. Another thing you can try is a cool bath with baking soda or colloidal oatmeal. If the reaction is severe and home remedies do not bring relief, call your doctor. A course of steroids, such as prednisone, may be needed for the rash to heal.

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