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Understanding Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac?

The symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac are:

  • Patches of red, itchy skin, usually followed by small blisters, which fill with a clear fluid and eventually break open.
  • Severe cases can develop into swollen, extremely itchy areas.

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Call Your Doctor About a Rash if:

  • Your rash stays red and itchy for more than a week; you may have another type of contact dermatitis or eczema.
  • You have the rash near your eyes or the rash covers a large part of your body. You may need medical attention.
  • You have severe complications, such as generalized swelling, headache, fever, or a secondary infection.
  • You have been exposed to the smoke from burning poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac. The toxin is not destroyed by fire and can cause severe allergic reactions.
  • Call 911 if you have trouble breathing.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on April 29, 2014

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