The poison ivy plant contains urushiol, an oily organic compound with allergenic properties. When urushiol comes into contact with the skin, it causes irritation, painful blisters, burning sensations, and overwhelming itchiness. These symptoms can develop within a few hours after exposure, or as long as a few days. Luckily, there are many natural remedies for poison ivy.
Baking soda is a miracle worker that most people have in their kitchens. It can help relieve the itchiness and irritation associated with the rash and soothe inflamed skin. Simply pour half a cup of baking soda into a warm bath. Alternately, a paste made from three teaspoons of baking soda mixed with one teaspoon of water has a similar effect.
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