There are various ways to treat poison ivy rash, but one of the most effective is to use a cold compress. A cold compress works by decreasing inflammation and creating a mild numbing effect. The cool temperature helps to constrict blood vessels, which reduces swelling. It also helps to reduce itching by numbing the affected area. When applied soon after exposure to poison ivy, a cold compress can help prevent the development of a rash altogether.
Applying a cold compress to the affected area can help reduce swelling and pain, and it can also help prevent the spread of the rash. Apply the compress for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. It is important to avoid using anything hot or warm on the rash, as this can make the symptoms worse.
For best results, apply a cold compress within the first few days of exposure to poison ivy. After that, it is recommended to continue using it as needed until the itching subsides. Remember to reapply every few hours as necessary and only use for 20 minutes to avoid damaging the skin.