Poison Ivy

New York City and Manhattan, NY

Whether you enjoy being in the great outdoors or you’re just maintaining your own yard and garden, you might encounter poison ivy. This plant, along with poison oak and poison sumac, contains oil called urushiol that causes an aggressive allergic reaction in many people, in the form of an intense rash that is extremely itchy and often blisters. The rash often lasts between one and three weeks and often will heal by itself without any special treatment.

A dermatologist can identify a poison ivy rash from a simple examination. NY Skin RX can provide a prescription-strength ointment to manage the rash and any discomfort. Severe cases of poison ivy may require being treated with a steroid like prednisone.

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