Wherever you live, you or your kids may have a brush with a poisonous plant like poison ivy, oak, or sumac. Find out how to treat the rash when you do.
The AAD advises that you "wash all exposed areas with cold running water as soon as you can reach a stream, lake, or garden hose. Within the first 30 minutes, soap and water are helpful."
Busting a Myth
Fluid from blisters cannot spread poison ivy, oak, or sumac, but the oil and dust from these plants can, so always launder sheets, and clothing after a contact with a poisonous plant.
Beware of Scratching
If an affected area becomes inflamed and swollen, seek immediate medical help. Excessive scratching can lead to infections, so encourage your children not to scratch a a poisonous rash.