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Poison ivy - oak - sumac rash

  • Prevention
    • Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when walking in areas where these plants may grow.
    • Skin products such as Ivy Block lotion can be applied beforehand to reduce the risk of a rash.

    Other steps include:

    • Learn to identify poison ivy, oak, and sumac. Teach your children to identify them as soon as they are able.
    • Remove these plants if they grow near your home (but never burn them).
    • Be aware of resins carried by pets.
    • Wash as soon as possible after a suspected exposure.

    References

    Anderson BE, Marks JG Jr. Plant-induced dermatitis. In: Auerbach PS, ed. Wilderness Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 57.

    Cydulka RK, Garber B. Dermatologic presentations. In: Marx JA, ed. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 118.

    Habif TP. Contact dermatitis and patch testing. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 4.