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Allergy: Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac (cont.)

What Types of Specialists Treat Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac?

Most people will likely see their primary-care provider (PCP), such as a family practitioner, internist, or a child's pediatrician, to diagnose and treat poison ivy, oak, or sumac.

If you have a severe rash you may see a dermatologist, who specializes in skin disorders.

If you have a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), you may see an emergency-medicine specialist in a hospital emergency room.

What Tests to Doctors Use to Diagnose a Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash?

A health-care professional can usually make the diagnosis of poison ivy, oak, or sumac by the appearance of the rash alone. He or she will ask some questions about the patient's reaction, symptoms, and medical history.

No lab tests or X-rays are needed except under unusual circumstances.

What Are Treatment Options for a Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash?

Usually, self-care at home is all that is needed for a reaction to poison ivy, oak, or sumac.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/6/2016

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