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The rash is caused by contact with a sticky oil called urushiol found in poison ivy. You can get the rash from:
- Touching or brushing against any part of these plants, including the leaves, stems, flowers, berries, and roots, even if the plant is dead.
- Touching anything that has come in contact with these plants, such as clothing, sporting gear, gardening tools, or pet fur.
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The rash is only spread through the oil. You can’t catch a rash from someone else by touching the blister fluid. A known home remedy that is said to work for this rash is jewelweed which is a plant that has a compound called lawsone which is said to have anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties but our research states otherwise. Jewelweed is a short, three to five foot tall annual plant with oval leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers that hang down from the plant like jewels on a necklace. The flowers on the variety known as Pale Jewelweed are yellow, while those of the Spotted Touch-Me-Not are orange, with dark red dots. All Jewelweed seeds “pop” when touched.Jewelweed grows best in humid woodlands.
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Our research states that jewelweed can aid is somewhat preventing the development of more rashes but soap is more effective than jewelweed. Studies such as Treatment of poison ivy/oak allergic contact dermatitis with an extract of jewelweed by Long D, Ballentine NH, Marks JG Jr. , Treatment of poison ivy/oak allergic contact dermatitis with an extract of jewelweed by American journal of contact dermatitis : official journal of the American Contact Dermatitis Society, and The effectiveness of jewelweed, Impatiens capensis, the related cultivar I. balsamina and the component, lawsone in preventing post poison ivy exposure contact dermatitis by Abrams Motz V, Bowers CP, Mull Young L, Kinder DH. all disprove the fact that jewelweed works for poison ivy. There could be a chance that is can take some of the pain or help with the itch but overall our research has states that this is a BUST. There are many studies that disprove this claim and little to no studies that back up the claim that jewelweed works for poison ivy. However, we encourage all of you to try it out and see for yourself. It looks as if the orange jewelweed is the only effective jewelweed there is to combat poison ivy but like we said again there are not many studies to prove this claim.
How to apply:
- Cut the jewelweed and put it in boiling water to produce a dark orange infusion
- Freeze liquid into ice cubes
- Rub ice cubes all over affected area.
- Do this 3-4 times a day
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