Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Information Center


Signs of an Emergency
About 15 percent of the 120 million Americans who are allergic to poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac are so highly sensitive that they break out in a rash and begin to swell in 4 to 12 hours instead of the normal 24 to 48. Their eyes may swell shut and blisters may erupt on their skin. This is one of the few true emergencies in dermatolgy says William L. Epstein, MD. Get to a hosipital as soon as possible. A shot of corticosteroids will bring the swelling down.

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Urushiol oil can easily be washed off IF done before the oil bonds. Here are a number of water-based rememdies.
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Natural remedies most of which are wild plant based.
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Regimens for treating poison ivy outbreaks
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