Allergy: Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac (cont.)
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Are There Ways to Prevent Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash?
What Is the Prognosis for Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rashes?
The prognosis for poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash is generally good. The rash and itching usually get better gradually and go away completely in two to three weeks. Treatment should be continued at least this long because the rash can come back if medicines are stopped too soon. There may be temporary darkening of the skin when the rash disappears.
Complications of poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash include infections, which usually happens as a result of scratching the skin. Redness, pain, and pus surrounding a rash can indicate a skin infection, which a doctor can treat with antibiotics. This is more likely to happen if the rash is scratched so much that the skin is broken.
Someone will almost certainly will have another reaction if he or she comes in contact with these plants again after a first reaction.
In rare instances, complications can result if the airway and lungs are exposed to smoke from burning poison ivy, oak, or sumac plants.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/6/2016
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