How do you apply warm vinegar to poison oak, sumac or ivy, and what does it actually do for the infestation?

Poison ivy, oak, and sumac are plants which cause an itchy skin rash on contact. The response(rash) is attributed to an oil called urushiol found in the sap of these plants. Avoid contact with the toxic oil of these plants. Try to wear long pants and sleeves, if venturing into any wild area. Wear protective clothing such as, gloves, boots and a hat. If exposed, wash the area with cold water. Also wash your clothing and other accessories which come in touch. Anti histamines can be taken under the guidance of your physician.

  • Combine equal parts of water or alcohol and apple cider vinegar and dab on affected areas.
  • Mix baking soda with vinegar into a paste. Scrub the paste on thearea with a soft cloth.

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