Children who live near the plants are at risk for the skin reaction. There are different types of these plants around the country. They are:
Your child may have symptoms within hours or days after coming in contact with poison ivy. The symptoms include:
The symptoms of poison ivy rash can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Your child's rash may be treated with over-the counter medicines. You can also help ease your child's symptoms with the following:
Call the healthcare provider if your child:
In these cases, your child's healthcare provider may prescribe a prescription medicine such as:
A poison ivy rash can be prevented by avoiding contact with the plant.Creams containing bentoquatum may be used as a barrier on the skin if contact with the plant is likely.
The rash can’t spread from one person to another. But oil on your child’s skin can spread to another person who may then get the rash. To help prevent a poison ivy rash:
Call the healthcare provider if your child has:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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