• How Long Will My Poison Ivy Rash Last?

    Poison ivy rashes are seen often in urgent care and are caused by an allergic reaction to an oil contained in the poison ivy plant. If you come in contact with poison ivy, then wash your skin as soon as possible to help reduce your chance of developing a rash. On the other hand, if you already have a poison ivy rash, then there are a few things you should know.

    A rash from poison ivy typically lasts for 1 to 3 weeks. However, you should consider seeing a doctor if your rash doesn’t improve after a week or appears infected. In the meantime, you may find some relief by cleaning your skin with soap and water, washing all clothing and objects that may have come in contact with the poison ivy, and applying cool compresses to your skin. Resist the urge to scratch and leave alone any blisters that form. Finally, taking antihistamine pills and applying hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion may offer you some relief.

    Paramount Urgent Care offers emergency care services at walk-in clinics in Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, and Lady Lake. For more information about our urgent care centers, visit our website at www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • Recognizing a Poison Ivy Rash

    Poison ivy can be an unwelcome reminder of a day spent hiking or playing outdoors. The resulting rash may clear up on its own, but some people benefit from getting medical care for an outbreak, particularly if they have severe symptoms. Could poison ivy be to blame for your rash? Here are the signs you need to know.

    Poison ivy causes a red rash that is usually extremely itchy. It often appears like it has lines through it and may also blister or swell. It may appear to spread, but this is simply a delayed reaction on some parts of your skin. Contrary to popular belief, it is not contagious and you cannot infect other parts of your body. If you have a poison ivy rash and it has oozing blisters, significant swelling, or is on your eyes or genitals, get medical care to get it under control.

    Whether you have a rash, sore throat, acute pains, or angina, Paramount Urgent Care is here to help with all of your urgent health care needs. Visit one of our four locations when you need urgent care in Orlando and the surrounding areas, or call us at (407) 226-1906 when you need more information.