When damaged, poison oak, ivy and sumac release a toxic oil, called urushiol, which causes an allergic reaction in about 80-85% of people. What begins as a sting and minor irritation, becomes a red rash that gets progressively itchier, especially in the area of contact with the plant. Eventually bumps form that ooze a liquid. However, contrary to popular thinking, it is not contagious or spread by scratching, since the "ooze" is not urushiol;
The blisters begin to dry up and crust after a few days and the rash peaks about a weak afer exposure - usually lasting 5-12 days.
Prevent further contact with oil:
Wash clothing that came into contact with the plant oil;
Topical Anti-infectives (scratching can cause infection):
Hydrogen Peroxide (footbath);
Ozone Therapy (Ozonated Olive Oil, limb-bagging);
Grapefruit Seed Extract - Mix 2 tsp. GSE to 5oz (10 Tbsp.) water in a spray bottle and apply to a small area of the skin. If a burning sensation results, add a little water. Spray liberally over affected areas; repeat every 2 hours as needed. Shake mixture between sprayings.
Attend to Diet, Lifestyle and Emotional State
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General electrotherapy health benefits. Used systemically and/or locally at specific problem areas of the body, its effective application has many benefits:
|Detoxification||Wellness / Healthy aging||Pain relief|
|Relief from insomnia||Immune system restoral||Anti-Inflammatory|
|Maximizes cellular energy production||Accelerated tissue /bone
|Muscle relaxation / rehabilitation||Increased blood oxygen
There are several reasonably affordable electrotherapy devices available for personal use. The following electrotherapies are those that have received a significant amount of positive feedback:
|Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy|
|Near Infrared (NIR) class 4 laser therapy|
Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) applies specific frequency patterns to the head area, with the following benefits:
|Balances neurotransmitters||Relieves pain||Treats depression|
|Substance abuse withdrawal||Relieves insomnia||Relieve stress / anxiety|