Poison oak rash is one of the most terrible things you can experience – at least in the topic of rashes – Not only does it have the potential to look extremely nasty, but it also itches like hell!!
I remember when I had to suffer it for almost two weeks; during that time I researched some information that helped me cope with the itching and now I'd like to share it with you.

First, let me say to you that the best you can do is to prevent any contact with poison oak. Washing the area is a must, but it will only prevent the rash to appear only if you do it in the first 10 minutes after contact – and well… in nature there are no guarantees. So, take safety measures, and teach your children to do it too!

If you don't know how bad this can be, just search for poison oak rash images on the Web, and you'll see why prevention is so important. Well, now let's go to the effective ways you can treat the poison oak rash.

The classic way you have, and also one of the most effective treatments involves the use of cool water. Cool water is excellent and it makes wonders to relieve your itching. This poison oak cure can be applied in the form of compresses, or you can do as I did and prepare a cool bath. Just rest on your bathtub and enjoy moments of freedom! By the way, there is some wrong advice on the web, claiming that hot water works great- however know that hot water will make the rash worse, producing even more inflammation.

A home treatment that I tried near the end of the rash has proven to be also pretty effective. You need to get vinegar and baking soda. Now with those ingredients, make a mix. Your goal should be to build up a paste with the consistency of peanut butter. Now, get into the shower and under the water, and start rubbing the affected area with this mixture. Surprisingly enough, it worked for me to endure the last days of suffering, and it also helped improved the condition of my skin.

Finally, I recommend the use of Calamine to find relief from poison oak itching. This lotion will help you remove the dry crusts formed on the ski and will provide instant coolness to the affected areas of your skin.