Poison Ivy: Tips to an Itch Free Summer
It’s that time of year again. It’s time to get out and about to enjoy some of the warm weather while it lasts. Whether you choose to spend your time relaxing in the backyard or adventuring up a mountainside on a hike, there are always things you should be on the lookout for. Poison ivy is a common outdoor hazard that many people encounter every year. This plant can cause problems when touched so knowing how to identify it and knowing what to do if you come in contact with the plant is key.
What is Poison Ivy?
The easiest way to keep from getting a rash from poison ivy is to avoid touching it, but certainly that can be easier said than done. Poison ivy has three leaves so avoiding all plants with three leaves on the stem is a good start. Remember the saying “leaves of three, leave it be.” The plant has an oil on its leaves called, urushiol. This oil can cause an itchy, blistering rash, redness, and hives when it touches skin. This rash can be delayed, however. Some people don’t experience symptoms until 12-72 hours after coming into contact with the plant. While direct contact with the leaves can result in a rash, other common ways people come into contact with poison ivy are:
- Indirect contact- oil from the plant is transferred from another object or animal. This can be any object that has touched the plant or a pet that has the oil on their fur. Don’t worry pet lovers, animals do not get the rash.
- Airborne contact- burning poison ivy can release the plant’s oil into the air. The oil can then land on skin and cause a rash.
Tips for Dealing with the Rash
One strategy that can potentially prevent the rash after coming into contact with poison ivy is to wash the area with soap and water to try to remove the oil. This is not always effective and people still can get the rash. There are products available that can be used to remove the oil after it is on the skin (Zanfel, Tecnu, etc.). These can be tried but they have not been shown to be more effective than soap and water. More information can be found on each products website (linked below). The rash usually goes away over a few weeks but there are products that can be used to relieve the symptoms. Products called astringents, such as Domeboro, calamine lotion, and oatmeal baths, can help relieve itching caused by the rash. Over the counter hydrocortisone can also be used if the rash is mild. More severe cases may require prescription medications. Medical attention may be required immediately for some poison ivy exposures. Seek medical attention if:
- There is difficulty swallowing, breathing, or swelling of face
- The rash covers a large portion of your body
- The rash has not improved or has worsened after a week of treatment
- If the rash is on a child less than 2 years of age
If you are unsure about which products to use to treat your poison ivy rash or whether further medical attention is required, Bremo Pharmacy can help answer your questions. Our contact page is linked below. We have three locations with pharmacists that can help.
Hopefully these tips will help you have an enjoyable summer and avoid dealing with poison ivy, but if not, you will have the knowledge of how to manage the rash. Resources with more information are linked below:
Skincare benefits of Hemp Oil and CBD
In one of our more recent blogs, we were discussing the current trends in skincare ingredients and one of the trends that has taken the cosmetic industry by storm is incorporating derivatives of the hemp plant. Beauty and wellness products containing cannabidiol (CBD, the non-hallucinogenic form derived from the cannabis family) as well as hemp seed oil are becoming increasingly popular due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Trilogy Laboratories is currently developing skincare products containing hemp-derived ingredients and we are loving the results!
Hemp-derived products give you a natural skincare option that is chock full of benefits. In general, you can expect your skin to be moisturized, regenerated and revitalized after each use. Since hemp-derived CBD is so gentle, it can be used on each part of your body to help you achieve all-over results. Keep in mind that hemp oil by itself has a lot of skin benefits of its own, (mostly because of the fatty components) but it does not contain CBD unless it has been specifically added. Hemp oil is made from the seed of the hemp plant whereas CBD comes from the flower. Also, it’s important to know that CBD from the hemp plant (unlike the marijuana plant) is legal in all 50 states.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it absorbs what we put onto it. Today, many mainstream skincare products are made with potentially harmful synthetic or harsh chemicals. And labels claiming to be “natural” or “organic” can be extremely misleading. It’s important to pay close attention to the ingredients listed on these products because your skin could be directly absorbing harmful chemicals.
By simply switching products and incorporating more natural ingredients into your skincare routine you can improve the quality of what you are delivering to your skin. One word of warning though—just because something is natural doesn’t make it good for you. Think about Poison Ivy! You wouldn’t want to slather your skin with a lotion containing that, now would you?
Cannabis-derived products are becoming a BFF for holistic types because they can potentially help relieve pain! CBD has a soothing effect on the skin as it binds to a special set of receptors which help relieve feelings of heat, itch and pain. Just as other natural oils are used in skin care, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hempseed oil make it a good choice for people with dry skin and eczema.
Try hemp oil and CBD on these body parts to see some incredible results!
Face: Products like a CBD lotion or serum can help in fighting acne and reducing the redness of pimples. In addition, CBD may give your skin a more youthful appearance, thanks to its inflammation-fighting abilities.
Lips: Our lips are a part of our skin so it’s important to make sure they are carefully protected like the rest of our body. One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your lips is by using products containing hemp-derived CBD or hemp oil. Hemp is the only plant that contains vitamin D, which is a key ingredient for beautiful looking skin.
Hands: Safe for even the most sensitive hands, hemp-derived oil protects against external elements. Using a hemp hand cream before leaving the house saves your skin from harsh weather conditions that could potentially dry and damage your skin. Hemp oil contains vitamin E and antioxidants, aiding it’s moisturizing and anti-aging features. It is also high in linoleic acid, which is responsible for keeping skin supple. Using hemp oil on your hands makes them softer while also being naturally antibiotic and antifungal. With the Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acid content, this oil helps regenerate the skin’s protective layer.
Body: CBD products can be used on the body to ease muscular aches, reduce swelling, and ease pain. The high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids in hemp oil treat eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions. Vitamin E, which is also present in hemp-derived oil, boosts skin’s UV defense and neutralizes damaging free radicals. Using CBD or hemp oil products can increase your skins elasticity and water retention capacity.
As you can see, CBD and hemp oil are great options because of the ability to target a variety of problems simultaneously while being gentle and soothing. Keep an eye out for Trilogy Laboratories’ CBD skincare products so you too can experience all the wonderful benefits!