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Poison Ivy

What is Poison Ivy?

Poison ivy is a common skin irritation that can be found in adults, children and even on animals. Poison ivy comes from a poisonous plant, whose oil, called urushiol, causes irritation and an itchy sensation to the skin. The oil is found in the stem, leaves and root of the plant. A rash can develop from touching oil-contaminated objects as well, such as gardening tools, clothing, or even touching animals that have been exposed to the plant's oil. Irritation includes dry itchy skin and can be transferred to other parts of your body through your hands or fingers. 

Help for Poison Ivy at Bronson

If poison ivy is causing you concern, discomfort or interrupting your daily life, you can rely upon your local care team at Bronson to provide the relief you need.

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Symptoms of Poison Ivy

Symptoms typically develop within 12 to 48 hours and can last two to three weeks. 

  • Blister 
  • Swelling
  • Redness in areas that itch 
  • Rashy or itchy skin

Common Causes of Poison Ivy

  • Coming in contact with the plant's oil. The oil can be found in the plant's stem, roots, and leaves. 
  • Coming in contact with contaminated objects, such as gardening tools, clothes that were worn outdoors, or even pets who have recently been outdoors. 

Prevention of Poison Ivy

  • Avoid the plant. Learn to identify what the plant looks like and avoid it during all seasons of the year.
  • Wear protective clothing when going into the woods or near areas that might have poison ivy present. Protect your skin by wearing long sleeves, pants, boots and thick gloves. 
  • Get rid of the plant by applying herbicides, wear thick gloves and remove the plant from the root, then throw the plant away. Do not burn poison ivy, urushiol can be transferred through the air and impact the lungs. 

Poison Ivy Treatment

  • Most poison ivy rashes go away within a week or two.
  • For relief consider over-the-counter medicines like anti-itch creams, oatmeal baths and cold compresses.
  • Contact your primary care physician if the rash affects your eyes, mouth, or genitals or if symptoms worsen and you notice swelling or blisters.

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Know When to Dial 911

If you are have persisting or worsening symptoms, or are experiencing a life-threatening condition such as chest pain, trouble breathing or stroke symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.