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Health Tip: Poison Ivy Rash

(HealthDay News) — Poison ivy is a plant that can cause a red, itchy rash on the skin.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these tips to treat the rash. It also identifies signs that you may need a doctor's attention:

  • Try over-the-counter medications to control itching, such as an antihistamine (like Benadryl), calamine lotion and hydrocortisone creams.
  • Take oatmeal baths to soothe the skin.
  • Fevers of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit require a doctor's attention.
  • Rashes that cover the eyes, mouth, genitals or a large area across the body should be treated by a doctor.
  • If pus is oozing from the rash, see your doctor.
  • See your doctor if the rash does not improve.

— Diana Kohnle

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