East Central Indiana
08/23/2017
Medical Dermatology

Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

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    Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac are poisonous plants that can cause a burning, itching rash to appear on the skin.
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    Prescriptions medication and steroid ointments are available to treat the rashes that result from contact with Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac urushiol oils.
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    More than 80% of people are susceptible to this rash. The body may become more sensitive or less sensitive to the rash as a person ages.

About

Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rashes

Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac are poisonous plants that can cause a burning, itching rash to appear on the skin.

Causes

This rash is caused by the urushiol oil contained in the plant and can be caused by physical contact with any part of the plant. The rash can also be caused by touching an object, animal, or item of clothing that came in contact with the oil. The burning of the plant will allow bits of the oil to be expelled into the air, which can then come in contact with the skin and cause the rash to form.

Risk Factors

More than 80% of people are susceptible to this rash. The body may become more sensitive or less sensitive to the rash as a person ages.

Symptoms

It could be hours or days until the rash begins to appear and itching, hives, red or swollen skin, and blisters may also be present.

Diagnosis

A doctor will diagnose the rash by sight.

*Source:

American Academy of Dermatology

Treatment

Treatment

Prescriptions medication and steroid ointments are available to treat the rashes that result from contact with Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac urushiol oils.

Prevention

The only way to prevent them is to avoid physical contact with these plants and protect your skin.

*Source:

American Academy of Dermatology

Videos

Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Videos