Dan Moore, certified physician assistant at McLaren-Greater Lansing Internal Medicine in Lansing, is treating poison ivy this week.
The hallmark symptom is an itchy, red, raised rash that often appears in lines or streaks. It may form blisters. You may also have localized swelling and a feeling of warmth at the exposed area.
Poison ivy can usually be treated at home. Wash the irritant off the skin as soon as possible with soap at hot water. Take an oral antihistamine and apply topical hydro-cortisone cream and calamine lotion. Cool, moist compresses may help relieve itching.
If you have a serious case, see a doctor.
Mr. Moore is also treating sunburn.
The skin initially turns red about two to six hours after sun exposure and feels irritated.
You'll see the peak effects at about 12 to 24 hours.
To treat sunburn, use aloe vera and stay out of the sun. If you cannot avoid the sun, use sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays, as well as protective clothing.
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