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

When to Seek Medical Care

See your health care provider if you have the following conditions:

  • Large areas of rash causing significant discomfort

  • Rash on your mouth, genitals, or around your eyes

  • An area of the rash that becomes infected or drains pus

  • A great deal of swelling

People who are highly sensitive to these plants can get a severe reaction, called anaphylaxis.

  • If you have swelling of the face and throat or difficulty breathing, feel dizzy or faint, or lose consciousness, you may be having an anaphylactic reaction.

  • If you have any of these symptoms, go immediately to a hospital emergency department.

  • Do not attempt to drive yourself; if no one is available to drive you immediately, call 911 for emergency medical treatment.

  • While waiting for the ambulance to come, begin self-treatment measures.

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