While enjoying the summer weather outdoors, you should always be aware of your surroundings. Avid nature-lovers, workers and children are more likely to come into contact with poisonous plants. If you have recently come into contact with a poison ivy plant and are starting to develop an irritating and uncomfortable rash, here are a few things you can do to prevent the rash from spreading and treat the discomfort.
To prevent the rash from spreading further:
- Immediately rinse your skin with warm, soapy water
- Wash your clothing and everything that may have come into contact with the plant
- Do not scratch, this can lead to infection
At-home treatments to help with the discomfort:
- Consider using a calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream
- Apply cool compresses to the itchy skin
- Consider taking antihistamine pills
If your poison ivy rash does not disappear after a few days, you may need additional treatments. You can stop by AFC Urgent Care Saugus 7 days a week, no appointment necessary, for poison ivy treatments and other non-life threatening illnesses or injuries.
Our center is conveniently located at 371 Broadway in Saugus, just off of Route 1 South! If you have any questions about our services, you can contact us at 781-233-1000 or email us at [email protected].
Our experienced staff will have you feeling better in no time!