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    Recognize Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac

    6 Ways to Avoid Poisonous Plants continued...

    4. Scrub under your nails. You can spread poison ivy to other parts of your body if the oil is on your fingers.

    5. If you think your pet has rolled around in a poisonous plant, give him a bath with pet shampoo and water. Wear rubber gloves while you do that.

    6. Make it a habit to wash sports equipment, gardening tools, and other outdoor items with soap and water. Oil from poison ivy and other poisonous plants can get on golf clubs, balls, bats, and other objects, and can remain potent for as long as 5 years.

    How to Treat a Poison Ivy Rash

    Use a cold compress, calamine lotion, non-prescription hydrocortisone cream, or an antihistamine to ease itching.

    Call your doctor if the rash is near your eyes or covers a large part of your body.

    Get emergency medical help or call 911 if you have a severe reaction.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on August 26, 2015
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