Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, & Sumac

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Are you suffering from Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, & Sumac Symptoms?

Receive the care you need to alleviate your poison ivy, poison oak, or sumac allergy symptoms. Depending on how sensitive you are to the resin that causes your poison ivy symptoms, or poison oak and sumac poisoning symptoms, you might experience a more severe reaction. You could be allergic to these plants, and you should contact one of our board-certified doctors who will help you get through the rash and other symptoms quickly.

Common Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, & Sumac Symptoms Symptoms

Poison Ivy Symptoms

  • Blisters
  • Itchy skin
  • Rash
  • Swelling
  • If you inhale smoke that contains poison ivy resin, you might experience problems breathing

Allergic Reactions to Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Sumac

Pay attention to any of the following symptoms. If they appear, you require medical assistance:

  • Developing a fever – temperature above 100 F
  • Infected blisters/puss on your rash
  • Yellow scabs
  • Itching is intolerable to the point that you find it difficult to sleep for example
  • Rash spreads beyond the area that came into contact with the plant, or it spreads to mouth, eyes, or genitalia
  • Your symptoms do not improve within a week
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Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes Poison Ivy Reactions?

Reactions to poison ivy, poison oak, or sumac, are a result of the toxicity of the plant’s resin. In the case of poison oak, you can suffer from poisoning from touching the stems or even the tree bark, not only the leaves. 

The name of the specific allergen in all of these plants is urushiol. It is believed that up to 90% of people have a reaction to urushiol on their skin.

How Long can Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Sumac Poisoning go Untreated?

You can also decide to just leave your poison ivy symptoms, or the symptoms form poison oak and sumac poisoning, alone. The reaction tends to subside, but it is quite uncomfortable. If you still have the same symptoms and discomfort after a week, you should contact your doctor because you might need treatment with a prescription cream or ointment.

Can Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Or Sumac Symptoms Spread to Other Parts of the Body?

If you have a strong allergic reaction to poison ivy, poison oak, or sumac, you might see the rash spreading to other parts of your body. Contact your doctor is you see that this happens. Poisoning from these plants should stay in the area that came into contact with urushiol.

A poison ivy, poison oak, or sumac rash can surprise you after a hike or even after being in any kind of environment where these plants grow. By the time you get the rash, you might not be able to find a local clinic that is open. This is especially true if you are in a remote area. Antidote Health is always open and has the kind of specialists you need to tackle the uncomfortable, painful, and even dangerous effects of poison ivy, poison oak, or sumac poisoning.

Poison ivy, poison oak, & sumac symptoms can be painful. A doctor here at Antidote Health can help treat the rash & bring you relief. Watch out for more severe allergic reactions, such as:

  • Facial swelling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Eye lids swell shut
  • Nothing gives you relief from itchiness

These symptoms indicate that you could be having a particularly severe allergic reaction and you require medical treatment immediately.

How can I Treat Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Sumac Poisoning?

When urushiol comes into contact with your skin, the reaction is not likely to be immediate. Therefore, if you can identify poison ivy plants, poison oak, and sumac, you can avoid them while you are outdoors, or quickly wash the area that came into accidental contact with them using water and soap for 10 minutes.

Otherwise, you will be likely to start getting a reaction about a day after you came into contact with the plants. At this point, you will need to use the following to treat your reaction to urushiol:

  • Oatmeal-based creams and soaps
  • Antihistamines – especially before you go to sleep
  • Antihistamine creams
  • Antibiotic creams
  • Calamine lotion or baking soda for itching
  • Aluminum acetate, aluminum sulfate, or calcium acetate if your blisters are releasing fluid

It is important to avoid scratching as much as possible. When you scratch and blisters burst, they can get infected. That may lead to complications. If you do scratch your blisters and notice that they pop, treat the wound to prevent infection.

Your Emergency Doctor at Antidote Health  is Ready to Help you Quickly!

Your emergency doctor at Antidote Health. will help you if you are experiencing any kind of poison ivy, poison oak, or sumac poisoning symptoms. We will be able to assess the severity of your reaction online and prescribe the necessary medicine to treat the poisoning. 

No matter where you are, you can count on us. We can also tell you whether you need immediate medical intervention due to severe allergic reactions to urushiol. Our doctors will be available wherever you hike as long as you have an internet connection or cellphone signal, so, do not hesitate to call. Our experts are here for you 24/7!

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If you think or have any doubt that you are experiencing a medical emergency, you should immediately seek emergency care by calling 911, or any other emergency service.