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Poison Ivy Treatment

One of the most common forms of contact dermatitis is a poison ivy rash. The majority of people are allergic to the oils that are released from poison ivy, sumac and oak, resulting in a painful and itchy rash on the skin. While mild cases of poison ivy can be remedied with home treatments, more severe cases may require medical care from a skin specialist. At MJR Dermatology, we can provide effective poison ivy treatment options at our medical center in Lawrenceville, GA.

Rashes that occur when the skin contacts certain plants are due to an oil called urushiol. It is found in poison ivy, oak and sumac and it causes an allergic reaction in most people. The rash usually appears with red blisters that have an intense itching sensation. Depending on how much oil you are exposed to and the level of your sensitivity, this rash can be severe and cause swelling with oozing sores.

There are many OTC medications for rashes caused by poison ivy and similar plants. Calamine lotion, antihistamine topical medications and other treatments can be found in most drug stores, but they are not always effective. If you have tried OTC medications and are not getting relief from your poison ivy rash, come see us at MJR Dermatology.

Relief from Poison Oak Rash

If your poison ivy or oak rash is keeping you awake at night, you may need medical treatment for relief. Some people have severe reactions to these plant interactions and need more effective medications to calm their irritated skin. Severe rashes can lead to skin infections, so if your poison ivy rash lasts more than a week, you should see a dermatologist for treatment. You may need a topical corticosteroid to control blistering or an antibiotic if there is an infection.

Poison ivy, sumac and oak rashes are painful, itchy and aggravating. If you have widespread contact dermatitis or extreme blistering from contact with these plants, it may be wise to see Dr. Reschly at MJR Dermatology. He can determine whether you need medical treatment to protect your skin and give you relief. Call our medical center in the North Atlanta, GA, area to book your appointment.

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Matthew J. Reschly, M.D., PC


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Lawrenceville, GA 30043
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