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Poison ivy is a plant that can cause a skin rash called allergic contact dermatitis which occurs when the plant touches your skin. The red, uncomfortable, and itchy rash typically occurs in lines or streaks and is marked by fluid-filled blisters or large hives. Poison Ivy is the most common skin problem caused by plants.
Causes of Poison Ivy Rash
The rash happens when your skin contacts with an oil found in poison ivy. The oil is there in all parts of the plants, including the leaves, stems, flowers, berries, and roots. Urushiol, found in poison ivy, is an allergen, so the rash is really an allergic reaction to the oil in these plants. You can get a rash even when you touch clothing, pet fur, sporting gear, gardening tools, or other objects that have come in contact with one of these plants. Urushiol does not cause a rash on everyone who gets it on his or her skin.
Symptoms of Poison Ivy
- Itchy skin where the plant touched your skin
- Red streaks or redness where the plant touched the skin
- Small bumps or hives
- Blisters filled with fluid that can leak out
The rash typically shows itself 8 to 48 hours after your first contact with the urushiol. But it can stay there from 5 hours to 15 days after touching the plant. The rash usually takes more than a week to show up the first time you get urushiol on your skin. But the rash creates faster, within 1 to 2 days, after later contacts. The skin rash will keep developing in new areas over several days but only on the parts of your skin that had contact with the urushiol or those parts where the urushiol was spread by touching.
The rash is not contagious. You cannot catch or spread a rash after it appears, even if you touch it or the blister fluid, because the urushiol will already be absorbed or washed off the skin. The rash might seem to be spreading, but it is either still developing from contact from before or you have touched something that still has urushiol on it.
Treatments of Poison Ivy
Poison ivy will usually start to heal on its own within a couple days. Some treatment options may include skin creams, or ointments. They can help ease the pain of poison ivy symptoms.
At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been helping patients with poison ivy. We use our Class IV Laser Therapy (laser acupuncture therapy) that quickens the healing time of poison ivy rashes, big or small, making you get the pain relief you’ve been searching for.
Using laser therapy has many advantages. This little beam of light helps the healing process with superficial wounds and other complications of the body such as:
- Skin diseases/Eczema
- Skin rashes/ poison ivy
- Cold sores/Canker sores
- Insect bites
- Scars/ cuts and scratches
- Tissue damage
- Nerve damage
- Neck/shoulder/back pain
Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions Laser Therapy, any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.