Rash & Poison Ivy
Do you have a mysterious rash?
When it comes to skin dilemmas, a rash—from poison ivy or something else—is among the most irritating. Whether it’s itchy, dry or just plain unpleasant to look at, our dermatologists have seen it before—and have treatment options than can help.
What is poison ivy?
Poison ivy is a woodland plant that grows in three leaflets. When urushiol, the poision ivy sap, makes contact with the skin, severe inflammation can occur. Between 12 and 72 hours after contact, a rash will develop accompanied by other symptoms like intense itching, red bumps (papules), swelling, and difficulty swallowing. Poison ivy can become much more serious if left untreated so getting immediate medical attention is important.
What else could your rash be?
A rash is one of the most common skin ailments and could be caused by a number of different things. If it’s not poison ivy, it could be an allergic reaction to sumac or oak, a type of skin fungus or a symptom of something more serious. In order to treat your rash effectively, diagnosing the problem and the cause is essential.
What should you do if it’s poison ivy?
If you’re aware that you have come into contact with poison ivy, remove contaminated clothing and wash your body with cool, soapy water to get rid of lingering urushiol. There are some over-the-counter creams and natural remedies that can help soothe your symptoms, but if the rash persists, see a dermatologist immediately.Book an appointment now
- Cleanse affected skin and try at-home remedies like a baking soda or oatmeal paste
- Bathe with organic crystal salt to dry the skin and pull excess water and poison out through pores
- Use aloe vera gel and calamine lotion to soothe rash
How long does treatment take?
Often a natural remedy and over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams won’t be strong enough to clear up a poison ivy rash. A dermatologist can prescribe a topical cream and/or oral steroids that can stop a severe reaction such as blisters from forming. It’s important to use a prescription until your rash is completely gone or it could return. Reactions can also get worse every time you’re exposed to the poison ivy.
Expert treatment for rashes
From reactions to poison ivy, oak and sumac to rashes that could be a symptom of another issue, our dermatologists have options for treating a wide range of skin irritations. You can count on us to provide a treatment plan that will clear up your skin in no time.
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Dr. Carol A. Trakimas
Dr. Carol A. Trakimas is a board-certified Dermatologist with 20 years’ of experience. In addition to her Doctorate in Medicine, she holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in science. Dr. Trakimas completed her internship and residency training at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, where she provided medical and dermatology care to our troops and their families. Dr. Trakimas is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and member of the North Carolina Dermatology Association and other medical societies.
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Tarsha Rivens, PA-C
Tarsha Rivens is a board certified Physician Assistant with eight years of experience, who specializes in acne, eczema, scalp issues and addressing hair loss. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Augustine’s College and a Master’s Degree from East Carolina University, where she focused on Physician Assistant Studies. She is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistant, as well as the American Academy of Physician Assistant. It is Tarsha’s passion to provide compassionate, thoughtful, and in-depth dermatology evaluations to patients with a wide variety of skin maladies.
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