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By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

In Okemos, Dr. Dennis Perry at Meridian Primary Care, a partner of McLaren-Greater Lansing, is treating poison ivy this week.

The hallmark symptom is an itchy, red, raised rash that often appears in lines or streaks. The rash forms blisters that break open and ooze fluid, eventually crusting over.

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

Most cases of poison ivy can be treated at home.

Wash the skin as soon as possible with soap and hot water.

Take an oral antihistamine, and put cold compresses on the affected area. Try not to scratch.

A serious case of poison ivy should be seen by a doctor.

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

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