Poison ivy rashes are seen often in urgent care and are caused by an allergic reaction to an oil contained in the poison ivy plant. If you come in contact with poison ivy, then wash your skin as soon as possible to help reduce your chance of developing a rash. On the other hand, if you already have a poison ivy rash, then there are a few things you should know.
A rash from poison ivy typically lasts for 1 to 3 weeks. However, you should consider seeing a doctor if your rash doesn’t improve after a week or appears infected. In the meantime, you may find some relief by cleaning your skin with soap and water, washing all clothing and objects that may have come in contact with the poison ivy, and applying cool compresses to your skin. Resist the urge to scratch and leave alone any blisters that form. Finally, taking antihistamine pills and applying hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion may offer you some relief.
Paramount Urgent Care offers emergency care services at walk-in clinics in Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, and Lady Lake. For more information about our urgent care centers, please visit our contact us page for a location near you or call 352-674-9218.