Poison ivy, oak, and sumac are three types of plants that can cause a skin reaction called contact dermatitis when they touch your skin. The reaction results from contact with an oily substance product by these plants. The red, itchy rash often appears in lines or streaks and can include fluid-filled blisters or large raised areas (hives).
The typical symptoms include a skin rash with the following signs:
Neither the rash nor the fluids from the blisters are contagious once the skin has been washed with soap and water; a person can only get poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac through direct contact with the plant or oil from the plant left on clothing, equipment or pets.
Washing the skin immediately after contact with the plant can prevent a rash from developing.
Sweating and heat make the itching worse, so try to stay cool. To relieve symptoms, use cool, wet compresses and take cool baths. Over the counter antihistamines and calamine lotions may also help relieve symptoms.
For moderate or severe symptoms, visit Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens to have the rash examined, and for possible prescription of corticosteroid pills, creams, or ointments.*
This treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.
If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
1 Prescriptions written when clinically appropriate. Patients have a choice of pharmacy.
2 Service is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.