• 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.

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  • Recognizing Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac

    Rashes are a common cause of walk-in clinic visits and can have many potential causes. During warm weather, when people spend more time outdoors hiking and camping, some of the most common causes of rashes include poison ivy, oak, and sumac. Within 3 days of touching any of these plants, it’s possible to develop an itchy and uncomfortable rash that may be accompanied by swelling and blisters.

    To help avoid an unwanted encounter with poison ivy, oak, or sumac, it’s essential to know what these plants look like. Poison ivy has green, pointed leaves with smooth edges that grow in groups of 3 on a shrub or vine. Poison oak also grows as a shrub or vine and has leaves that grow in groups of 3, but their edges are similar in shape to oak tree leaves. Finally, poison sumac tends to grow in boggy, marshy areas as a tall shrub or small tree. The leaf-stems of this plant have 7 to 13 leaves that are green and may have dark spots.

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