Poison Ivy Rash And Blisters
Those who come into contact with the poison ivy plant have to deal with certain symptoms. These symptoms affect the skin that touched the urushiol – the white liquid that is actually inside of the plant. This liquid will be exposed to people when the plant is split open. It is this skin irritant that causes all the damage and irritation.
Poison Ivy Rash
The most common symptom is the poison ivy rash. This rash will extend across the area that is affected and will only spread if the person smears more of the urushiol across other areas or continues to scratch at it. The rash is the signature mark of the plant and is how we know when we have come into contact with it when we were not looking.
The rash can be bright red all over and will cause the person to itch. For some people the rash might not appear on the skin until a few hours or even a few days after it has been infected. There are many poison ivy creams that will help to contain the itch and dry out the skin to heal the rash.
Poison Ivy Blisters
For some people the reaction is worse and much more painful and severe. Not only will they experience the irritating rash that will cause them to itch – but blisters will begin to form on the rash. These blisters usually affect people who are more allergic to it then others and by people who do not realize that they came into contact with the plant.
The longer the urushiol oil is left on the skin the more terrible the symptoms will become. These blisters will fill with fluid and will become bigger and more painful. One of the best ways to treat them is to use warm water and creams that will dry them out. Whatever you do you should never pop them or release any of the fluid.
When you pop them you are allowing bacteria to enter into the skin and an infection can occur. It could also cause scarring. Also do not cover them with clothing or bandages. They might be horrible to look at – but the exposure to the air will help to dry them out and heal them faster.