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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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