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POISON IVY

 

“Leaves of 3 let them be.”

 

SYMPTOMS

▪ itching

▪ redness

▪ papules or blisters in a line

▪ symptoms develop within 4 – 96 hours after exposure

▪ new lesions can occur up to 21 days after exposure

 

PREVENTION

Avoidance- Clothes, pets, and fingernails can harbor the allergenic resin for many days.

Do not burn poison ivy.

Identify and avoid the plant.

 

Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants in areas where poison ivy might be found.

 

Wear heavy-duty vinyl gloves while gardening.

 

Ivy Block- This is a barrier cream which may help prevent poison ivy dermatitis. Apply to exposed skin. It must be reapplied every 4 hours.

 

Wash- Remove contaminated clothes and wash skin with mild soap and water. Do not scrub. Your chance of severe skin irritation is less if the skin is washed within 2 hours of exposure.

 

TREATMENT

▪ Oatmeal baths

▪ Cool wet compress

▪ Antihistamines (Benadryl, Claritin, or Zyrtec)

▪ Topical Steroids (1% hydrocortisone)

▪ Call the office if the reaction is severe or widespread. Oral steroids may need to be used.

▪ Do not use anesthetics (benzocaine), topical antihistamines (caladryl), or topical antibiotics.

▪ Do not use ivy dry.