What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

What's going around this week has made quite a few appearances this summer. It's poison ivy.

In Lansing, Dan Moore, certified physician assistant at McLaren-Greater Lansing Internal Medicine, is treating poison ivy and poison oak this week.

The main symptom is an itchy, red, raised rash that often appears in lines or streaks. It forms blisters that break open and ooze clear fluid.

You may also have localized swelling or a feeling of warmth at the exposed area.

You can treat most cases of poison ivy at home. Wash the irritant off the skin as soon as possible with soap and hot water. Wash your clothes, too.

An oral antihistamine can help relieve symptoms. So can topical hydro-cortisone creams and calamine lotion.

Cool, moist compresses can also help. Try not to scratch.

See a doctor if you have a serious case of poison ivy, especially if your face, mouth, neck or eyelids are swollen, if the rash appears infected, or if the rash covers a large portion of the body.

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