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  • Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Symptoms & Treatment

    Image of poison ivySigns and Symptoms

    Signs and symptoms include
    , redness, and seeping blisters on the skin after suspected contact.


    • Avoid touching any contaminated skin and clothing.
    • Responders should use gloves (if available) to carefully remove all clothing from the affected area to avoid contaminating other areas. Use scissors if available to remove the contaminated clothing so that it does not touch unaffected areas. Be especially careful not to contaminate the face and eyes.
    • Never burn contaminated clothing or plants; the oils released in the smoke can irritate eyes, nose, throat, and exposed skin.
    • Wash the affected skin area thoroughly with running water. Soap is not recommended as it also removes skin oils that naturally protect against absorption of plant poisons.
    • Wash all clothing and any objects that have come in contact with the plant poison.
    • Over the counter ointments and lotions may be used to help alleviate the symptoms such as itching and swelling. Follow the instructions on the label carefully.
    • If the face, eyes, or mouth are affected, if a large area of the skin is blistered, or if a severe rash develops, seek medical attention.

    Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013
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    Ivy Barriers, Itch Cream & Cleansers + IvyX for Poison Ivy Prevention

    poison-oak-ivy-sumac-wildPoison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac Pre-Contact Solution available in plastic bottles. Ivy X is for preventing Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac Reaction - If you come into contact with these poisonous plants without protection and have a reaction. What to do for Poison Ivy: How can you Avoid Poison Ivy Rash? First - learn to identify Poison Oak, Ivy & Sumac - and avoid them. Wear appropriate clothing when in the outdoors and in areas where you may be exposed (meaning cover up!) Apply an ivy protection cream or lotion. Know that not everyone that is exposed has an allergic reaction, BUT IF YOU DO: Remove clothing from the area to avoid cross-contamination then remove the urushiol from your skin as soon as possible after being exposed to the plants. The best way to prevent a poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash is to not have the rash causing urushiol on your skin. Tecnu is designed to be used within 2-8 hours after exposure, but the sooner you use it the better the results. Know that every person's reaction to urushiol is different depending on their body's sensitivity to the oil. Also multiple encounters with urushiol may result in a different outcome for the same person. Some people become more sensitive to poison ivy, oak, and sumac the more often they are exposed to the plants. Also see: Poison Ivy Block - Anti-Itch Cream - Insect Sting Repellent & Relief

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