Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac

Symptoms include:

  • Red bumps and blisters in streaks and patches
  • Often occurs where skin wasn’t covered by clothing
  • Very itchy
  • Occurs hours to days after exposure
  • Usually lasts 10-14 days


If your child has Poison ivy, the following may help:

  • Oatmeal baths
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • Over the counter anti-itch creams.  Do not use caladryl.
  • Completely wash all clothing and pets that could be contaminated with the oil from the plant.

Make an appointment to see your pediatrician if:

  • Your child has a fever
  • Your child is extremely uncomfortable
  • The rash is on the eyelids, lips, or genitalia

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