Physician Assistant Dan Moore at McLaren Greater Lansing Internal Medicine is seeing a lot of poison ivy cases this week.
Symptoms include: an itchy, red, raised rash that often appears in lines or streaks; blisters that break open and ooze clear fluid; localized swelling, and a feeling of warmth at the exposed area.
The rash isn't contagious; the oil from the plant is, which is why you should wash your skin and clothes as soon as possible after exposure.
Take an oral antihistamine and apply a topical hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion. A cool compress can help, too.
If you have a severe case of poison ivy, or the rash shows signs of infection, you should see a doctor.
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