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Poison ivy, oak, and sumac


Plants that can make you itch

While poison ivy is the most common cause of contact dermatitis in the United States, a host of other common plants are capable of producing skin reactions.

Poison ivy, oak, and sumac: What if I touch a plant?

If you think you’ve touched one of these plants, acting quickly may prevent a rash. Here’s what dermatologists recommend you do immediately after encountering poison, ivy, oak, or sumac.

Poison ivy, oak, and sumac: How can I prevent a rash?

It’s an oil in these plants that causes the rash. By taking some precautions, you may be able to prevent the oil from getting on your skin.

Poison ivy, oak, and sumac: How to treat the rash

In this video, you’ll find out what dermatologists recommend for treating the rash at home.

Poison ivy, oak, and sumac: What does the rash look like?

Most people develop a red, itchy rash with blisters, but the rash can show up in other ways. Pictures show you how this rash can appear on the skin.

Poison ivy, oak, and sumac: When does the rash appear?

Your skin absorbs the oil from these plants quickly, but you rarely see a rash right away. Find out how long it can for a rash to appear.

Poison ivy, oak, and sumac: Who gets a rash?

Some people develop one rash and later see more rashes on their body, but does this mean that the rash is contagious?

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