Poison Ivy and Oak Rash Treatment in Greenville, SC
AFC Urgent Care Center located at 3213 North Pleasantburg Drive Greenville, SC 29609 is open Mon – Fri 8am – 8pm and Sat – Sun 8am – 5pm with doctors who treat poison ivy and oak rash with no appointment necessary. Walk-in or call (864) 206-5786.
Poison Ivy & Other Plants to Avoid This Summer
If you aren’t sure if a poisonous ivy or oak plant has caused your rash, stop by AFC Urgent Care Clinic in Greenville, SC at Cherrydale Point today. No appointment is needed to see our board-certified doctors. They’ll be able to diagnosis your rash, prescribe treatment, and give you information about how to best protect your family from these dangerous plants.
Heading out into nature is one of the best parts of every summer. However, there are certain plants out there that can ruin weeks of summer and can be quite dangerous. If you believe or suspect you’ve come in contact with a poisonous plant, stop by AFC Urgent Care Cherrydale to be seen by one of our doctors with no appointment required.
When it comes to poisonous plants the big three are poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. All three contain similar chemicals that make it very unpleasant to come in contact with when you are out in nature. The chemical shared by all three of these plans is known as urushiol. The rash caused by this oil is not contagious, but after touching the plant the oil can linger on your skin and clothes and cause rashes for others. You can easily spread the rash to other parts of your body by simply touching. Many people don’t realize how often they touch their face or neck during the day. If you aren’t mindful, you risk making your rash more severe or spreading it to people who may have an even worse reaction.
The Big Three
Poison ivy can be found just about anywhere in North America except for Hawaii, Alaska, and in deserts. It can grow in urban and rural environments. It’s usually found as a vine or a shrub growing close to the ground. The plant’s leaves are arranged in groups of three hence the saying “leaves of three, leave them be.” Poison ivy can have light colored berries or small flowers.
Poison oak is very similar to poison ivy. However, while poison ivy will have leaves with jagged edges, poison oak usually have leaves with smooth and curved edges. These leaves are similar to regular oak leaves, thus the naming of this plant.
Poison sumac is the most difficult to recognize. Why? Visually, it looks just like a shrub or small tree. Each branch of this plant will have about 13 leaves, arranged in pairs. Unlike poison ivy, poison sumac is confined to only very wet areas such as riverbanks. This plant has the potential to inflict a much more severe rash than either poison oak or poison ivy.
If you come in contact with any of these plants, you risk developing a rash. If severe enough, it can also develop additional symptoms such as fever, blisters, and swelling. Some may even develop an anaphylactic reaction. If you suspect this severe complication, seek immediate medical care. Hikers, farmers, construction workers, and groundskeepers are most at risk of crossing paths with one of these plants. Any activity that involves you working outside touching outdoor plants or debris carries the risk of coming in contact with one of these plants.
If left untreated, the rash will heal on it’s own in about one to three weeks depending on how severe of a reaction has occurred. Once a person has rinsed the poisonous oil from their skin and clothes, the rash cannot spread. For lingering rashes, doctors can prescribe topical steroids to combat it.
If you are outdoors, experts recommend you wear protective clothing and trying avoiding touching plants you don’t recognize. Follow these pair of tips, and you’ll avoid many of the opportunities to touch a poisonous plant at home or at work. Are these poisonous plants growing on your property? Experts suggest using pesticides to kill these plants rather than pulling them up by hand. Whatever you do, DO NOT BURN poisonous plants. Burning these plants can cause urushiol particles to become airborne where they can be inhaled. Poison ivy in the throat or lungs is immensely more dangerous than a rash on your skin.
If you aren’t sure if a poisonous plant has caused your rash, stop by AFC Urgent Care Cherry Dale today. No appointment is needed to see our board-certified doctors. They’ll be able to diagnosis your rash, prescribe treatment, and give you information about how to best protect your family from these dangerous plants.