Fastest Treatment for Poison Ivy


The fastest way to treat poison ivy is to apply ice to areas that have been affected by the rash.


You should rub an ice cube over the affected area for 1 minute, according to Aetna. The coolness of the ice should stop the itching.


If you have blisters or your rash is weeping, you should not use ice. It will help spread the reaction.


If you are unable to use ice, you can buy over-the-counter medication to help with itching. Benadryl can cut down the inflammation, and using Aveeno Oatmeal lotion can stop the itching.

Severe cases

If your poison ivy is widespread or severe, you should see a doctor to get prescription strength treatment.