How to Treat an Allergic Rash
If you're unlucky enough to get the allergic rash these plants can cause, there really isn't much good news. The painful itch they bring can range from annoying to unbearable. In rare cases, it can even be dangerous for some allergy-prone people.
Though it might feel like the itching will never stop, the good news is that it will. Even left untreated, these rashes will go away by themselves—usually in 2 weeks.
In the meantime, about the only thing you can do is try to ease the discomfort by cooling and drying your skin. Here are a few things that help:
- applying compresses soaked in cool, clean water
- gently rubbing ice cubes over the blisters
- soaking in a cool (not hot!) bath or oatmeal bath
- drying the blisters with a fan
- applying calamine lotion to dry blisters
Anti-itch creams and lotions contain substances called steroids (STARE-oids) which can cause allergic reactions of their own. Many doctors recommend that you avoid such treatments. If you suspect that your case is a severe one, it's a good idea to see your doctor right away!