Poison ivy is a common issue for many adults and children, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Each year, dermatologists see many patients who are dealing with plant-based rashes that they were exposed to while hiking, camping, gardening and enjoying the outdoors. This irritating condition is the result of an allergic reaction to certain plants. In this presentation, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the best methods for relieving these symptoms and healing your skin.

Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac produce toxic oil called urushiol that causes an irritating rash. This substance affects people differently so some individuals may be more sensitive than others and develop more severe symptoms.

What does a poison ivy rash look like? Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Toxic plant oils can be transferred through direct contact or through clothing, shoes and other exposed items. After you have encountered a poisonous plant, it usually takes between 12 and 48 hours for a rash to appear. Outbreaks can happen anywhere on the body and usually develop as a red rash that itches and is slightly painful. Blisters can also appear in severe reactions. Symptoms may last anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks, depending on your skin’s sensitivity to the plant.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the best way to treat this rash.

Immediately after you have been exposed, gently wash the area with soap and water to remove toxic oils. Use a gentle product such as Noble Formula Bar Soap to avoid further irritating the area. You should also visit a dermatologist who can provide prescription steroids to heal the rash.

For an at-home treatment, use a product with hydrocortisone such as FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone or Obagi Nu-Derm Tolereen. This ingredient will heal damaged skin and relieve itching, redness and irritation.

Discover more ways to deal with common skin issues by viewing Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s SlideShare presentations.

Posted Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 6:57 pm
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