|Poison Ivy - Oak - Sumac|
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Poison Ivy Plant (Example 1)
Poison Ivy Rash on Forearm
Poison Ivy Rash on Wrist
Poison Ivy Plant (Example 2)
Poison Oak Plant
Poison Sumac Plant
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|When to Call Your Doctor|
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|Call Your Doctor During Weekday Office Hours If|
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|HOME CARE ADVICE FOR MILD POISON IVY|
- Steroid Cream: Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream 4 times per day to reduce itching. Keep the cream in the refrigerator (Reason: It feels better if applied cold).
- Local Cold: Soak the involved area in cool water for 20 minutes or massage it with an ice cube as often as necessary to reduce itching and oozing.
- Antihistamines: If itching persists, give Benadryl orally every 6 hours as needed (see Dosage table).
- Avoid Scratching: Cut the fingernails short and discourage scratching to prevent a secondary infection from bacteria.
- More Poison Ivy:
- If new blisters occur several days after the first ones, your child probably has ongoing contact with poison ivy oil.
- To prevent recurrences, bathe all dogs or other pets.
- Also, wash all clothes and shoes that were with your child on the day of exposure.
- Poison ivy or oak is not contagious to others.
- The fluid from the blisters or rash cannot cause poison ivy.
- No need to miss any school or daycare.
- Expected Course: Usually lasts 2 weeks. Treatment reduces the severity of symptoms, not how long they last.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Poison ivy lasts for over 3 weeks
- It looks infected
- Your child becomes worse
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Last Reviewed: 1/19/2009
Last Revised: 6/24/2008
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Online
Copyright 1994-2009 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.