Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

Overview

Poison ivy and poison oak, along with poison sumac, are plants whose oils can cause an allergic reaction in the skin that is characterized by a rash, followed by bumps and blisters that itch.

  • These plants cause an allergic reaction in nearly 85 percent of people.
  • Symptoms can occur several hours, days or even weeks after exposure.
  • If the poison ivy blisters and rash are on the face, near the genitals or all over the body, your child's physician should be notified.
  • Steroid creams, oral steroids or steroid injections can help with the swelling and itching.
  • Making sure your child avoids the poisonous plants is the best treatment.