How to Treat Poison Ivy

Can you tell which plant in photo is a Rose of Sharon and which one is poison ivy?

Poison ivy is a plant that generates an oil that produces a red, itchy rash. Once you've made contact, don't touch any other areas until you can wash area with soap and water. Do so as soon as possible! Wash clothes separate from other clothing with hot water and detergent.


Apply crushed plantain leaves, calamine lotion, baking soda, or cortisone cream. Mix baking soda with witch hazel to form a paste.

Apply to rash. You can also take antihistamines such as Benadryl to relieve itching.

Swollen eyes or hard to breath? Contact a medical professional immediately.

And stop scratching! (The plant on left is poison ivy.)