CAN I DO TO RELIEVE THE ITCH?
is no cure for the rash once it begins, only relief of the
symptoms. Avoid further contact with the plant oil if possible.
itching pain, oozing, and swelling can be relieved with over-the-counter
anti-itch treatments that contain zinc acetate, zinc oxide,
or hydrocortisone. In several cases a physician can prescribe
antihistamine creams, tablets, or shots.
THE BLISTERS CAUSE THE RASH TO SPREAD?
The blisters are the body's natural allergic reaction to poisonous
plants. If the blisters break and ooze, the fluid does not
contain the oil that cause spreading. Oil from the original
contact with the plant will continue spreading for the first
1 or 2 days. If new areas of rash appear after 3 days, you
are getting re-exposed to the plant oil, most likely from
contaminated clothing, tools, or even your cat or dog.
LONG WILL THE RASH LAST?
cases can last 5 to 12 days. More severe cases can last up
to 30 days or longer.
I GET THE RASH FROM SOME ELSE?
speaking, no. Once the rash appears (i.e within 1-3 days),
the original oil has all bonded to the victim's skin, so it
can't be spread to others.
LONG DOES THE URUSHIOL OIL LAST?
OIL DOES NOT EVAPORATE and can remain active for a year or
longer after being picked up on tools, clothing, animal fur,
I BREAK THE BLISTERS?
break the blisters! An open blister can easily become infected
and lead to blood poisoning. If the blister break, cover loosely
with a sterile bandage. In sever cases, contact your doctor.
IT POSSIBLE TO GET A RASH BY BREATHING THE SMOKE OF BURNING
Uroshiol is carried in the smoke form burning leaves or brush.
If you think you have inhaled the oil, see your physician
immediately; this can be a very serious condition. In several
states it is illegal to burn poison plants. NEVER BURN THEM!
Avoid breathing the smoke.
BLEACH REMOVE THE URUSHIOL OIL OR HELP HEAL THE RASH?
Bleach may appear to be a quick fix to poison plant rash.
However, bleach removes the top layer(s) of your skin. Using
it can irritate your skin and in the process weaken it so
that the rash may become worse, or it could lead to an infection.
Your skin may then become more sensitive to getting the rash
in the future.
NEVER GOTTEN THE RASH BEFORE. CAN I GET IT NOW?
you can begin getting the rash at any time during your life.
Three out of four people are sensitive to poison oak and ivy.
Sensitivity is just a matter of being exposed enough times
until the body becomes allergic to the poison oil
SHOULD I WRAP OR COVER THE RASH WITH BANDAGES?
is helpful to healing any wound. If you cover the rash with
a sterile bandage, cover loosely to allow healing oxygen to
reach the surface of the skin. It is important to keep the
rash very clean; changing the sterile bandage frequently reduces
the risk of infection. Seek medical attention if rash becomes
red, feverish, or shows signs of infection.
DEAD PLANTS SAFE TO TOUCH?
The poison oil remains toxic and does not evaporate. All parts
of the living or dead poison plants, including the roots,
contain the urushiol oil. Be careful of dead vines on firewood
and leafless vines in the winter.
DO I NEED TO CLEAN THE URUSHIOL OIL FROM CLOTHING
The poison oil will remain active on these auricles and can
cause a rash months, or even years later. Removal of the oil
with a thorough cleansing is important to avoid contaminating
unsuspecting victims in the future.
CAN I GET THE RASH FROM MY PETS?
Since the animal's fur protects their skin from the poison
oil, they won't get a rash. However, the oil will remain on
their fur and will contaminate you when you touch them. Removal
of the poison from your pet with an effective cleanser will
help avoid contaminating you and your family with an unwanted
and unexpected rash.
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