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By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

In Okemos, Dr. James Brouillette at Ingham Community Medical Center, a partner of Ingham Regional, is treating poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.

Symptoms include a blistery, oozing red rash that often appears in lines or streaks.

Serious symptoms are swelling of the face, mouth, or neck and widespread large blisters that ooze large amounts of fluid.

Most poison ivy rashes can be treated successfully at home.

Wash the area with soap and water immediately after contact.

You should also use a wet compress, take a cool bath, and use an over the counter hydro-cortisone cream.

If the rash is on your face or over a significant part of your body, you should probably see a doctor.

Contrary to popular belief, itching won't spread the poison ivy rash. It can, however, result in scarring or a secondary bacterial infection, especially if your hands are not clean.

Without treatment, the rash usually lasts about 10 days to three weeks.


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  • by Alice Location: Panama City Florida on Aug 9, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    I live here in the south and that stuff gets on people that are not wary of it. If you are cleaning your yard and you pile it up to burn do not let the snoke blow on you, or you will break out from the poison Ivy. Wear long sleeves, long pants and gloves if you handle the stuff.Do not let it touch your face.We keep a bucket of wet clay here in the back yard. If we have been weeding and think we may have come in contact with poison Ivy, we scrub on some wet clay on our skin it is slick like soap, after we do that we wash it off with the garden hose. and we have so far avoided the rash.
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