Leaves of Three: Avoding Poison Ivy
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Immediately rinse affected areas of skin with cool water. If water is not available, you can use rubbing alcohol. Don't forget to thoroughly rinse any objects that may have come in contact with the oil, such as sunglasses, shoes, and gloves.
Poison Ivy Emergency Kit:
Your kit should contain:
Calamine lotion (for the itch)
Oral Benadryl (for the allergic response)
Tylenol or Motrin (for pain)
Lollipops (for the whining; these work on adults as well)
Call a doctor if:
The initial reaction is severe or symptoms worsen.
The rash seems to be spreading, covers large areas of the body, or affects the eyelids or genitalia.
What NOT to do:
Do not take a hot shower after possible exposure to poison ivy. It can open your pores and increase the reaction.
Do not let your animals run wild through the woods. The oil from the plants adheres very nicely to the coats of our furry friends.
With any family trip, you are likely to encounter some obstacles. Whether it's a flat tire or a case of itchy, oozing poison ivy, there are treatments available. So, on your next family adventure outdoors, remember two important things: your poison ivy emergency kit, and an extra bag of lollipops because you never know when you may need them.
*P.S.S. (Parent Sanity Saver): Before your next camping trip or hike through the park, take your kids online and view some poisonous plants so they can try their best to avoid them.
TARA KOMPARE, PHARM.D., is the mother of two amazing little girls. Her book, The Colic Chronicles (Da Capo Lifelong), is scheduled for release in July. www.themedicinemom.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.