Poison ivy and poison oak are the bushy shrubs found all around the pacific coast. Exposure to the oily sap can result into skin irritation which can be mild to severe.
Skin irritation such as intense itching, burning, swelling, redness and blister form after 24 to 48 hours, but it can be as early as one hour after the exposure.
Hot Water Treatment for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak
Conventional treatment is aimed to protect the skin from infection and itching.
- The best and prompt method is hot water treatment for poison ivy, or poison oak.
- Simply run hot water on the affected area as hot as you can tolerate, this will look absurd as heat increases itching and cold relieves it, yes the itching will get aggravated for some time but as time passes the intensity of itching decreases. You can use this method when the itching begins again, subsequently there will be reduction in intensity of itching after few hours and days.
- Plantar warts are harmless, but some time they can be painful, in such cases you can be removed with hot water. Plantar warts are caused by human papilloma virus.
- First apply the duct tape on the plantar wart for a week, after removing the duct tape, soak your foot in hot water for 15 minutes. After soaking rub the wart with pumice stone to remove the dead layer of skin. Now apply the duct tape and repeat the same procedure after some days.