Question: What are some good home remedies to clear up a poison oak rash and make it less itchy?
Answer: This rash is actually an allergic reaction – some people will be bothered by poison oak, and some won’t. It’s not contagious, and the fluid in the blisters will not spread the rash, as is commonly thought. Most rashes will clear up without treatment, and, for a mild case, you can probably just let it run its course. A cortisone-type preparation may help. Also, keep bath or shower water as cool as possible and avoid using soap on the affected area. Health food stores sell several natural remedies for a poison oak rash, and you may wish to consult a local store for advice on which ones work best.