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How can you prevent a rash from poisonous plants?

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Poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac can give you itchy skin and a red, blistering rash. The reaction happens when oil from these plants gets onto your skin.

The best way to prevent a rash is to learn what these plants look like and avoid them. If you do come in contact with one, wash your skin in warm water right away. Scrub under your fingernails so you won’t spread the oil to other parts of your body. Wash your clothes in hot water to remove the oil.

From: Summer Skin Hazards WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

David Leffell, MD, professor of dermatology and surgery, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; author, Total Skin.

Arielle Kauvar, MD, dermatologist, New York Laser and Skin Care; clinical professor of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine. 

American Academy of Dermatology: “Facts About Sunscreens,” “Sunscreens.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Stinging Insect Allergy: How to Avoid the Ouch.”

FDA: “Beware of Bug Bites and Stings”,  “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants.”,  “Should You Put Sunscreen on Infants? Not Usually.”

CDC: “Ticks,” “What You Need to Know About Mosquito Repellent.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

SOURCES:

David Leffell, MD, professor of dermatology and surgery, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; author, Total Skin.

Arielle Kauvar, MD, dermatologist, New York Laser and Skin Care; clinical professor of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine. 

American Academy of Dermatology: “Facts About Sunscreens,” “Sunscreens.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Stinging Insect Allergy: How to Avoid the Ouch.”

FDA: “Beware of Bug Bites and Stings”,  “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants.”,  “Should You Put Sunscreen on Infants? Not Usually.”

CDC: “Ticks,” “What You Need to Know About Mosquito Repellent.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

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