Allergy: Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac (cont.)
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- Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Overview
- Causes of Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash
- Symptoms of Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash
- When to Seek Medical Care
- Exams and Tests
- Treatment of Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash
- Self-Care at Home
- Medical Treatment
- Next Steps
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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.
Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, PA
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