Allergy: Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
Someone should see a health-care professional if he or she has the following conditions:
People who are highly sensitive to these plants can get a severe reaction called anaphylaxis.
Exams and Tests
A health-care professional can usually make this diagnosis 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.
Treatment of Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash
Usually self-care at home is all that is needed for a reaction to these plants.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/19/2014
Daniel Jobe, MD
Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, PA
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