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If you know you will be working around
poison ivy, oak, or sumac, you may think about using a
barrier cream or lotion. This will help prevent the plant oil (urushiol) from
contacting your skin and causing a rash (allergic
Barrier products (such as Ivy X Pre-Contact Skin Solution) come in lotions, sprays, or towelettes. You put the product on your skin right before you go outdoors.
If you did not use a preventive product and you have had contact with plant oil, clean it off your skin with an after-contact product as soon as possible. These products, such as Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser, can also be used to clean plant oil from clothing or tools.
Barrier creams and lotions do not completely protect against getting a poison ivy rash.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofApril 26, 2016
Current as of:
April 26, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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