How to Get Rid of Stinging Nettle Rash

How to Get Rid of Stinging Nettle Rash?

Sticking nettles are not good for your health. They contain high amounts of toxins such as cyanide and other poisonous substances. If you have ever had any kind of poison ivy or poison oak, then you will know what they look like when itchy and painful skin condition occurs. The itching and burning sensation is caused by the toxin in these plants. You may even experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches and pains, dizziness and weakness. These symptoms occur because of the poison which causes severe pain.

The itching and burning feeling from stinging nettle rash is similar to that of poison ivy or poison oak. However, the toxin in stinging nettle is much stronger than those two plants.

Some people get very sick if they come into contact with stinging nettle rash. Itching and burning sensations occur all over your body and sometimes even affect parts of your brain.

You may think that you do not need to worry about getting rid of stinging nettle rash since it usually goes away within a few days without treatment. While this is true, the pain and discomfort can be a serious problem.

Some people cannot even sleep at night because their skin itches so much. You cannot do anything physical while the rash is on your body, or you may risk scratching the skin and causing an infection.

The best way to get rid of stinging nettle rash is to treat the affected area. You can take antihistamines and painkillers to help with the itching.

Calamine lotion can also help soothe the skin. Other treatments include baking soda baths, cold compresses, hydrocortisone creams and lotions.

It is not known exactly why some people experience such a strong reaction to stinging nettle rash while others do not. There are many factors that may increase your risk of having a serious reaction to this plant.

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