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Mayo Clinic Minute: How to treat poison ivy rash

Jason Howland: These unassuming plants can cause skin problems. Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac all have an oily resin throughout the plant that can create an allergic reaction that lasts for weeks.

Summer V. Allen, MD, Consultant, Obstetrics/Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic: Be careful of your surroundings. If they can wear higher socks or longer clothing to cover their legs.

Mr Howland: dr Summer Allen, a Mayo Clinic family physician, says that if you come in contact with a plant like poison ivy, wash exposed skin right away. The rashes usually appear red, slightly raised, or swollen with occasional blisters.

dr all the world: The hallmark for people is the intense itching they will feel and almost burning, and then redness on the skin. It can get infected if you bite it and open one of the worlds.

Mr Howland: The rash usually goes away after a few weeks. Topical treatments include calamine lotion; oatmeal baths; a mixture of baking soda and water; or a cold, wet compress.

And another important tip…

dr all the world: Make sure you wash all your clothes.

Mr Howland: For the Mayo Clinic News Network, I’m Jason Howland.


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