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It’s almost inevitable that time spent outdoors in the summer will result in someone coming home with a rash.
Poison ivy is a common culprit, causing an allergic reaction that results in a blistery, itchy red rash on nearly everyone who unwittingly encounters it. A poison ivy rash usually happens 24-72 hours after exposure to an oily coating on certain plants.
The poison ivy rash is a form of contact dermatitis, which is caused by direct contact with an irritating substance or a substance that causes an allergic reaction. Allergic dermatitis can prompt an itchy rash with blisters or bumps. Common causes of allergic dermatitis include nickel (found in jewelry, metal hooks or buttons on clothing), poison ivy or latex.
Other common skin rashes include:
Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream will usually ease symptoms of rashes caused by allergies, such as poison ivy or poison oak. Sometimes, a poison ivy outbreak can require further medical attention.
See your primary care doctor if your rash comes with:
Also see a doctor if:
In the meantime, be gentle with your skin when you have a rash:
Rashes are some of the most annoying symptoms we deal with, but the right medical care will have you comfortable in your own skin in no time.
Julie Lopatka, M.D., is a pediatrician with Elmhurst Clinic. View her profile and schedule an appointment online.
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