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Dear Peter: Poison Ivy Is Driving Me Mad!

Poison Ivy

Cary, NC – Here is a common question about poison ivy that we usually get this time of year. This one is from Naomi in Georgia.

“Dear Dr. Peter,

Our yard is wooded and every Spring we battle poison ivy. Armed with long sleeves, pants, and gloves we cut and spray to rid our yard of poison ivy. But still, we always seem to get the horrible rash.

This year both my husband and I are miserable! We have it all over our bodies. It’s on my arms, legs, in-between my fingers and even behind my ears! We can’t stop scratching.

My sister uses your Neem Cure for her eczema. Will it help relieve this crazy itch and give us some peace? Please HELP!

Thank you, Itching Naomi”

Poison Ivy Rash

Dear Naomi,

A poison ivy rash is a type of skin irritation called allergic contact dermatitis.  Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac plants all contain an oily resin called urushiol that can irritate the skin and cause a rash.

The oil is present in all parts of the plants, including the leaves, stems, flowers, berries, and roots. Urushiol is an allergen, so the rash is actually an allergic reaction to the oil in these plants.

Even any indirect contact with urushiol can cause the rash. This can happen when you touch clothing, gardening tools, or other objects that have come in contact with one of these plants. For example, you can get the rash by pushing your hair behind your ears with gardening gloves on or touching your sunglasses and returning them to your face.

The rash usually appears 8 to 48 hours after your contact with the urushiol. Symptoms include itchy red skin with small and large raised bumps, some with fluid filled blisters.

The good news is, although the itching from a poison ivy rash can be extremely irritating, it generally isn’t serious. Poison ivy rash treatment consists of self-care methods to relieve itching until the reaction disappears.

How Neem Can Help A Poison Ivy Reaction

Neem leaves and Neem oil can be summarized as anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and as a facilitator of wound healing. Application of Neem leaf powder or Neem Oil to the skin can have miraculous results. Because of its anti-microbial properties, it renders bad microorganisms inactive, therefore, helping in proper healing of the skin and protecting it from infections and septic conditions.

For Poison Ivy, Neem’s natural anti-histamine properties will reduce or stop itching on the skin, while the anti-inflammatory properties will reduce swelling and help heal open blisters. Neem can be used on all forms of skin conditions and is safe for all, including babies and animals.

Recommendations

  • Neem Cure – Our Neem Cure is a mixture of Neem Oil, Jojoba Oil and Essential Oils and can be applied directly to the affected area.  To Use: Apply a few drops of Neem Cure to the affected area 3 or 4 times a day to help relieve itch, disinfect and help heal open wounds.
  • Neem Tub Tea – For severe itchy skin, our Tub Tea will provide some relief. This fragrance-free herbal remedy consists of 100% naturally-grown Neem leaves that help sooth irritated and itchy skin from poison ivy, bug bites, eczema, psoriasis, and more. You’ll be pleased with the calming effect Neem Tub Tea has for your skin. To Use: Place 1 tea bag under running warm water in your next bath and feel your skin soak up the soothing elements of Neem. Apply Neem Cure after soaking.

Apply Neem Cure several times a day and bathe with Tub Tea. You will begin to notice a difference in just a few hours.

Let me know how the Neem Cure & Tub Tea worked for you.

Sincerely, Dr. Peter

Send Peter your questions about Neem and skin care here: info@justneem.com , Subject: Ask Peter

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2 Comments

  1. Andrew
    Posted 05/09/2013 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Hi, I’m thinking that since Urushiol is an oily resin, then wouldn’t another oil simply thin out the other oil and just spread it around? I know Neem is a great antiseptic however putting two oils together just makes more oil. IMHO…

  2. leslie
    Posted 05/09/2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Hi Andrew, By the time your skin reacts to the urushiol it is one to two days later. Hopefully by then, you have cleansed your skin with soap, thus removing the urushiol. If you even think that you have been in contact with poison ivy, oak or sumac you should immediately wash the skin. That will help prevent the urushiol from rubbing onto other body parts. Apply Neem after the skin has been properly cleansed.

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