Urgent Care for Poison Ivy
Poison ivy is an allergic reaction to the poison ivy plant, commonly confused with poison oak and poison sumac. This can result in a rash, as well as blisters and itching. Though poison ivy can occur at any time, it is most common during the spring and summer months.
What Causes Poison Ivy?
The reaction commonly referred to as “poison ivy” is actually due to exposure to an oily resin within the plant known as “urushiol,” which is responsible for the resulting symptoms. Unfortunately, poison ivy can result simply from rubbing up against the plant or even touching items otherwise contaminated with urushiol.
Though avoiding poison ivy in nature is possible with the right set of knowledge and a keen eye, it can be very difficult to steer clear of entirely—especially for those prone to spending time in the outdoors.
What are the Symptoms of Poison Ivy?
Symptoms of poison ivy can vary depending upon the severity and amount of exposure to urushiol. They may include any of the following:
Poison ivy can also be inhaled in smoke form if burned, which can lead to severe complications. In such a case, medical attention should be sought immediately.
Diagnosing and Treating Poison Ivy
Diagnosing poison ivy typically includes a conversation with the patient about where they’ve been recently and what types of exposure they may have had. From there, the rash will be examined for confirmation of either poison ivy or other poisonous plant, or another form of exposure. Poison ivy is typically treated with corticosteroid creams, oral antihistamines and medicated lotions.
Poison ivy typically clears up within one week of treatment.
The oil in poison ivy—called “urushiol”—can easily make it onto clothing, toys and even pets when contact is made with the plant, causing a rash in children. Pediatric patients should be watched for infection, which can occur following poison ivy.
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