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What do I need to know about treatments for poison ivy, oak, and sumac?

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Whether your itchy rash is from poison ivy, oak, or sumac, you've got plenty of choices to get relief. For most folks, those annoying bumps and blisters will be nothing but a bad memory in a few weeks.

If you think your skin rubbed up against one of the poisonous plants, wash the area thoroughly with soap and cool water right away. The sooner you clean your skin, the more likely you'll be able to remove the oils that cause an allergic reaction. It's also a good idea to wash all clothes and shoes that may have touched one of the plants, too.

A rash due to poison ivy, oak, or sumac may show up right away. But sometimes it can take a few days after you had contact with the plant for a rash to appear.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac."

FDA: "Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Poison Ivy Treatment."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Poison Ivy."

Mayo Clinic: "Poison Ivy Rash: Lifestyle and Home Remedies," "Treatments and Drugs."

UpToDate: "Poison ivy (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 09, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac."

FDA: "Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Poison Ivy Treatment."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Poison Ivy."

Mayo Clinic: "Poison Ivy Rash: Lifestyle and Home Remedies," "Treatments and Drugs."

UpToDate: "Poison ivy (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 09, 2017

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