Poison ivy and poison oak are poisonous plants that result in an itchy rash. Poison sumac also causes a skin rash. An oily sap is produced by these plants, known as urushiol, which increases an itchy and irritating allergic reaction to the skin. As you touch a poisonous plant that has been in contact with the poisonous plants, you would get an itchy rash.
Over 90% of individuals who get in contact with poison ivy and poison oak get an itchy rash. You will not be exposed to a lot – even as little as 50 micrograms of the urushiol will result in an allergic reaction.
The Signs and Symptoms of Poison Ivy and Poison Oak
Urushiol oil results in an allergic reaction, a skin rash that is itchy. Depending on the overall sensitivity of the skin, an itchy rash might develop in a few hours or few days after the first time contact. Some of the symptoms of the rash include the following:
- Itchy skin rashes
- Swelling and redness
The Causes of Poison Ivy and Poison Oak
Poisonous plants such as poison ivy and poison oak secrete an oil called the urushiol oil. A high percentage of the total global population is allergic to it. When the skin gets in contact with this oil, it results in an allergic reaction. The rash which gets developed is a kind of contact dermatitis.
The Treatment Options for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak
Rashes from the plants tend to subside within about two weeks. At this time, some medications can help to provide relief from the symptoms. These medications include the following:
- Anti-itch lotions such as hydrocortisone and calamine lotions
- Antihistamine drugs such as diphenhydramine
- Colloidal baths and cold compresses
You might also be prescribed prednisone which is an oral steroid. If the itchy rash gets more severe, or it develops in the genitals, mouth, nose, or eyes, these oral steroids can be given to the patient affected with the condition.
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