Allergy: Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac (cont.)
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- Treatment of Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash
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- Avoid these plants. Learn what they look like in your area. Be aware that their appearance can vary with the seasons.
- Do not burn the plants. Burning can release the allergens into the air.
- Wear proper clothing to protect your skin, such as gloves, long sleeves, and long pants.
- Bathe pets that may have the oil on their fur. Use soapy water. Do not forget to wear protective clothing while doing this.
- Wash any clothing that might contain the plant oil. Unwashed clothes can retain the oil and cause a rash in anyone who wears or handles them.
- Before you go out in a potentially infested area, you can apply nonprescription products such as Ivy Block or Stokoguard, which act as a barrier to the oils.
- Remember that the oil can be transferred from people, pets, or objects. Thoroughly wash anything that may carry the oil.
Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, PA
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