Some common plants are popping up, and that is causing some people to start itching!
Dr. Addison Ward, a family medicine physician with Wellmont Medical Associates in Norton, Virginia said he is seeing a lot of these cases of Poison Ivy dermatitis.
He says, "This time of year we are seeing numerous patients with contact dermatitis from exposure to poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Symptoms can include intense itching and redness with rash formation that is often linear. Avoidance of contact is the most effective treatment. Wearing protective clothing can prevent contact with these plants. Washing the skin with soap and water as soon as a known exposure occurs can lessen the severity of the rash. Treatment of poison ivy dermatitis at home can include calamine lotion, cold compresses and oatmeal baths."
Dr. Ward says if the rash is severe and spreading, you should see you primary care provider, who can prescribe oral steroids or steroid shots that can help with itching and redness. He or she can also prescribe topical steroid lotions that can be applied to the skin for symptom relief. High potency steroid lotions are effective but should not be applied to the face or genitals. It is important to wash all clothing that was worn during time of exposure, as the resin from the plant can stay on clothing for long periods of time.
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