Poison ivy and oak, common plants that grow in both urban and rural areas throughout North America, can cause itchy, uncomfortable rashes in both adults and children. At Dermatology Consultants of South Florida, our experienced dermatological team can help identify and treat this rash with fast and effective results.
Serving Coral Springs and surrounding areas in Florida, Dermatology Consultants of South Florida is led by our dermatological team and provides high-quality care for a wide range of skin conditions, including poison ivy and oak. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how we identify and treat poison ivy and oak.
What are Poison Ivy and Oak?
Poison ivy and oak can grow as vines or shrubs almost anywhere in the United States. These plants can be found on riverbanks, in city parks, along the roadside, and in open fields and are both part of the Rhus plant family. While the leaves and stems of these plants are safe for human interaction, it is the oily sap known as urushiol that triggers an allergic reaction.
When the skin comes into contact with this sap, it can cause multiple uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
- Redness and itching of the skin
- A streaky or patchy rash that branches out from where the plant came into contact with the skin
- The development of red bumps or blisters that can ooze fluid
In addition to direct exposure to the plant, an allergic reaction to the sap can also occur from pet fur, gardening tools, outdoor equipment, or clothing that has the sap on it.
What Can I Expect from a Poison Ivy and Oak Rash?
This skin irritation is not contagious and the fluid from the blisters will not spread the rash. Although some poison ivy and oak rashes form immediately after exposure, others may take several days. Once the rash has formed, mild cases may last from five to 12 days whereas more severe rashes can take up to 30 days or longer.
How are Poison Ivy and Oak Treated?
During the early stages of the rash, a prescription medication may be necessary to effectively target the rash beneath the skin surface. Patients may also be advised to bath in cool water and use cold compresses to soothe sore or itchy skin. Although the rash may be itchy, patients should not excessively scratch these areas as the skin can become open and infected.
During your consultation with our medical team, we will assess your individual condition and create a treatment plan to manage your symptoms and restore healthy, clear skin as quickly as possible.
Contact Dermatology Consultants of South Florida today to schedule a consultation and find out more about the diagnosis and treatment of poison ivy and oak.