These are the questions I ask myself (and Google) as I lie awake trying really hard not to scratch the poison ivy rash I got clearing away weeds from the fence the other day. Here is what I’ve found:
Can I exercise if I have poison ivy?
The main question here is if poison ivy is contagious by exposure to someone’s rash. The rash itself is NOT contagious, it’s direct contact with the oil from the plant, called urushiol, that causes the problem. Once this toxic oil gets on your skin it penetrates it and causes a rash within 12 to 48 hours. The oil can also be on your clothes. Water gets rid of the oil, so make sure you wash any clothes (or towels!) exposed.
Will sweating spread the rash?
HOW DO I STOP THIS ITCH??????
Here is a natural home remedies link I found: http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-poison-ivy2.htm
The article suggested several things, including cold compresses, which I’m trying out now as I type. (It’s working in the short term.) My daughter’s Fancy Nancy book mentions jewel-weed, but I have no idea where to find this.
Apparently the rash on my arms will last 1-3 weeks (oh joy). I’m going to skip the cardio this week to avoid the whole ‘sweat aggravates it’ thing.
Do you have any good poison ivy remedies you’d like to share?
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