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Poison Ivy Rash

Poison Ivy Rash Causes

The cause of poison ivy rash is contact with an oily and sticky substance called urushiol, which comes from poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. A person may come in contact with the said substance by directly touching a portion of the toxic plant, by inadvertently rubbing the urushiol onto other areas of the skin, or by touching an item with urushiol.

Poison Ivy Rash Definition

Poison ivy rash is a skin irritation, caused by contact with a substance called urushiol, which comes from poison ivy or other toxic plants, that may result in a red, itchy rash, consisting of small bumps, blisters or swelling.

Poison Ivy Rash Diagnosis

Poison ivy rash may be detected and diagnosed through mere physical observation or examination.

Poison Ivy Rash Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms of a poison ivy rash include redness, swelling, blisters and itching.

Poison Ivy Rash Treatment

The symptoms of poison ivy rash may be alleviated through self-care methods, and over-the-counter medications. For serious cases of poison ivy rash, an oral corticosteroid, such as prednisone, may be prescribed.

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