Poison Ivy and Poison Oak in Children

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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.
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