Poison ivy is a plant to avoid when you are outdoors. It’s known to cause severe pain and itchiness. It could also cause extreme discomfort. While some have a high tolerance for the effects of this plant, others are very sensitive to it.
Dr. Jim Brauker has studied skin inflammation as a biomedical scientist for the past 25 years. With years of experience outdoors, Dr. Brauker has had his fair share of experiences of poison ivy. Fortunately, he’s devised a clever way to prevent poison ivy and poison oak rashes from occurring.
In the video below, Dr. Brauker explains the best possible way to reduce the chances of developing rashes. According to him, whenever you come into contact with such poisonous plant, you have to wash off the oil from your skin within 2 to 8 hours. The sooner, the better.
Using soap, cold water, and a gentle wash cloth, you should be able to get rid of the oil called “urushiol” completely off your body. It doesn’t really matter what brand of soap you use. As long as you have a wash cloth to create friction, then everything will be fine.
However, be careful not to use hot water as it only opens up your pores, allowing all the urushiol to get into your system.
While this information may not seem important now, you never know when it could come in handy. Exploring the outdoors and enjoying nature is a huge part of life, and it’s important to be prepared.
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