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Best Home Remedies for Poison Ivy

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  • Poison ivy, oak and sumac are closely related poison plants growing in different parts of the U.S., except in Hawaii, Alaska and parts of Nevada
  • Poison ivy rash results from exposure to the plant’s urushiol oil that may be transferred from garden equipment, pets and other people; refrain from burning the plant as you may breathe in the oil, causing swelling in your lungs
  • At home treatments with apple cider vinegar, baking soda, oatmeal, banana peel and watermelon rind will help reduce the symptoms of the dermatitis and speed healing

By Dr. Mercola

Poison ivy, oak and sumac are closely related plants, and may be found growing in similar environments. In fact, all three grow throughout the U.S. except Hawaii, Alaska and parts of Nevada. Poison ivy is found throughout the U.S.; poison sumac is distributed mostly on the East Coast from Maine to Florida; and poison oak is found along the West Coast and the south from Texas to Florida and as far north as Illinois.


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