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How can you treat a rash from poisonous plants?

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Use these tips to find relief if you still get a rash:

  • Apply cool compresses to your skin.
  • Take a lukewarm bath using an oatmeal bath product. Or add 1 cup of baking soda to running bath water.
  • Use calamine lotion, an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, or an antihistamine.

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 30, 2020

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 30, 2020

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