Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Poison Ivy Prevention

In order to prevent poison ivy, you must avoid coming into contact with the oil from the plant.

Prevention of poison ivy includes:

  • Avoid contact with plants.
  • Apply a barrier cream for poison ivy
    • Ivy Block
    • Stokoguard
  • Spray a light coating of deodorant on the exposed skin.
    • Do not spray deodorant on the face.
  • Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts.
  • Take a warm shower after working around poison ivy.
  • After exposure, wash clothes and towels in hot water.

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Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Poison Ivy References
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