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How to Treat Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

How to Treat Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

Do You Have An Itchy, Red Rash?

How to treat poison ivy and poison oakIt's summer, and that means more outdoor activities and access to various grasses, plants, flowers, and other, potential irritants. With this in mind, do you know how to treat poison ivy and poison oak once it touches your skin and causes a reaction?  Many patients come into my office this time of year with this type of allergic rash so I've put together some important information for you on this hot topic. Hopefully, this will help you avoid these highly-allergic plants and the rash they cause altogether. See my dermatologist's tips on how to treat your skin if you do come into contact with poison ivy or poison oak.

The Facts About Poison Ivy and Poison Oak:

  1. You are really allergic to urushiol, which is the allergen in the plants that causes your rash.
  2. Your rash is not contagious.
  3. Your rash usually appears within two days after exposure, AND it continues to evolve for upwards of another two weeks or so. 

How to Treat Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

Basically, you need to apply cortisone cream and keep the affected area cool. If you have blisters, there are more steps to follow, and you want to take good care of your skin overall to prevent skin infection and scars. Want to learn more?

For complete details, please see my treatment tips here.