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    Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac Treatment

    Call 911 if the person has:

    • Trouble swallowing or breathing
    • Swelling, especially near the eyes or on the face

    • Trouble swallowing or breathing
    • Swelling, especially near the eyes or on the face

    1. Wash Exposed Area

    • Wash with warm soap and water.
    • Washing within 10 minutes can significantly reduce the chance of an allergic reaction.

    2. Remove Contaminated Clothing

    • Plant oil can continue to spread from clothing and shoes.

    3. Ease Itching and Discomfort

    • Apply cool compresses for 15 to 30 minutes at a time.
    • Have the person take oatmeal baths.

    4. When to See a Doctor

    • Get medical help if rash covers a large part of the person's body, or if the person has blisters or can't sleep.

    5. Follow Up

    • Symptoms usually go away within a week or two.
    • Wash contaminated clothing to avoid exposure to oil.
    • If serious rash persists, call a doctor.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 27, 2015

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