Allergy: Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
- Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Overview
- Causes of Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash
- Symptoms and Signs of Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash
- When to Seek Medical Care
- Exams and Tests
- Treatment of Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash
- Home Remedies for Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash
- Medical Treatment
- Medications for Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash
- Prevention of Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash
- Prognosis of Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash
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- Allergy: Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Topic Guide
When to Seek Medical Care
Someone should see a health-care professional if he or she has the following conditions:
- Large areas of rash causing significant discomfort
- A rash on the mouth, genitals, or around the 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 someone has swelling of the face and throat or difficulty breathing, feels dizzy or faint, or loses consciousness, he or she may be having an anaphylactic reaction.
- If someone has any of these symptoms, go immediately to a hospital emergency department.
- Do not attempt to drive; call 911 for emergency medical treatment.
- While waiting for the ambulance to come, begin self-treatment measures.
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 12/23/2014
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