Poison ivy rash

Poison ivy rash

It is defined as an allergic reaction which is occur due to the oily resin secretion of the leaves called urushiol. This is present in roots, stems and leaves of many plants like oak, sumac, and ivy.


Below mention are the signs and symptoms of poison ivy:Poisin ivy rash Symptoms Causes Treatment

  • Blister formation on skin
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Difficulty in breathing

It is cause by the oily resin which is present in the poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. It is an allergic reaction of the skin towards the poison. Some causes include:

  • Touch the leaves stem and roots of that plant
  • Touching the object which is contaminated with poison
  • Inhale the smoke which is release from the burning of that plant

Complications occur due to the scratching of skin which is due to itching cause by poison ivy, scratching cause bacterial infection on the skin and then blisters will appeared.


There is no any specific test to diagnose this condition your doctor will diagnose this by looking at the rash on your skin.


It is the self-resolve condition and rash will disappear on its own within the 2 to 3 weeks. If rash develop into blisters, then your doctor will prescribe you anantibacterial ointment for rash and blisters.

Lifestyle and home remedies

Below mention home remedies will help you to reduce the signs and symptoms:

  • Wet compresses on the rash area
  • Apply corticosteroidsointment
  • Apply menthol lotion for soothing effect
  • Soak the affected area in chilled water to reduce the redness
  • Take antihistamine for itching
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