Poison Ivy Home Care
Initial home care for poison ivy includes:
- Remove your clothes and wash them in hot water.
- Take a warm shower.
- Clean the skin gently:
- Use mild soap and water.
- Do not scrub the skin.
- Dry the skin.
Additional home care for poison ivy includes:
- Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream:
- Apply to the skin, 4 times a day.
- Available without a prescription
- Apply Calamine lotion to the rash.
- Take oral antihistamines for itching:
- Try oatmeal baths for itching:
- Take prescription medications as directed.
- Avoid scratching: this can cause infection.
- Trim your nails.
- Avoid further contact with poison ivy.
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Poison Ivy Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have poison ivy rash and any of the following:
- Rash covers more than one quarter of the body
- Rash forms yellow-brown scabs
- Rash forms large blisters
- Worsening arm skin redness and pain
- Worsening leg skin redness and pain
- Worsening skin redness and pain over the trunk
- Fever over 101 degrees F (38.3 C)
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty breathing
Continue to Poison Ivy Prevention
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