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First Aid: Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac


First Aid

The oil in poison ivy/oak/sumac plants (called urushiol) can cause an allergic rash in 60% to 80% of people who come into contact with it.

Mild rashes can be treated at home, and mostly cause discomfort from itching, burning, or blistering. Severe, widespread rashes require medical treatment.

Signs and Symptoms

What to Do

Seek Medical Care

If:

Seek Emergency Medical Care

If Your Child:

Think Prevention!

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014


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