Poison Ivy and Oak Rash Treatment in Greer, SC
AFC Urgent Care Center located at 1494 West Wade Hampton Blvd Suite C Greer, SC 29650 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) 990-5967.
Poison Ivy & Other Plants to Avoid This Summer
Not sure if a rash is caused by a poisonous oak or ivy plant or something else? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Clinic in Greer today with no appointment needed. We provide board-certified doctors who can diagnose and treat your rash. You will also learn more about how best to protect your family from dangerous outdoor plants.
Venturing into the deep woods or just being outside is one of the highlights of summer. When outside however, you should be aware of certain poisonous plants. These plants can ruin weeks of summer with rashes and can be quite dangerous to some people. If you suspect or believe you’ve been exposed to one of these plants, stop by AFC Urgent Care Geer to be seen by one of our doctors. No appointment is needed or ever required to access our services.
There are many kinds of poisonous plants in nature, but the big three are poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac. These plants contain similar chemicals that can cause rashes when you come in contact with them. Urushiol is the substance that has ruined many summer vacations, maybe even your own when you were younger. It’s good to keep in mind that this is not a bacterium, so the rash can not spread once you’ve washed off the urushiol. However until it is washed off, this chemical can remain on your clothes and skin and spread to others by touch. You probably don’t realize how often you touch your face during the day or other objects. If you aren’t careful, you may end up making your rash far more widespread or spreading it to others who may have a severe reaction.
The Big Three
Poison ivy is found all over North America with the exception of Hawaii, Alaska, and desert environments. It will grow in not only rural environments but also urban settings. Generally you’ll find it as a vine or a shrub growing close to the ground. The leaves of this plant grow in groups of three. This has led to the saying, “Leaves of three, leave them be.” It isn’t uncommon to find poison ivy to have light colored berries or small flowers.
Poison oak is similar to poison ivy, however you will notice the difference in the leaves. The edges on leaves of poison ivy are jagged. Poison oak usually have leaves with smooth and curved edges. These leaves look similar to oak leaves and is the source for the name of this plant.
Poison sumac is the most difficult to recognize of the “Big Three.” Why is that? To the untrained eye, it looks like a shrub or small tree. The leaves of this plant are arranged in pairs. Fortunately, this plant is confined to very wet areas, such as riverbanks. Unfortunately, compared to poison ivy and poison oak, this plant has a greater potential to inflict a more severe rash.
If exposed to these plants, you risk developing a rash. This rash can become severe enough to develop additional symptoms such as fever, swelling, and blisters. In the most severe cases, people can develop an anaphylactic reaction. If this occurs, seek immediate medical care as this could be a life threatening situation. If you are a farmer, construction worker, groundskeeper or hike regularly, you are very likely to come in contact with these plants. Any activity where you work outside touching plants or carrying debris of cut plants puts you at risk.
If you come down with a rash from one of these plants, it will generally heal itself in about one to three weeks. As mentioned above, once the oil has been removed from the skin and clothes, the rash cannot spread. If your rash lingers for longer than three weeks, a doctor can prescribe topical steroids to help clear it up.
Most experts suggest you wear protective clothing if you are outdoors and avoid touching plants you don’t recognize. If you follow these two tips, you cut your risk of coming in contact with a poisonous plant dramatically. Find these plants at home or at work? Experts say you should use pesticides to kill these plants rather than pull them up with your hands. Do not burn these plants under any circumstances. Burning can cause the urushiol particles to become airborne. A poison ivy rash of the throat and lungs is very dangerous.
Not sure if a rash is caused by a poisonous plant or something else? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Greer today with no appointment needed. You’ll be seen by our board-certified doctors who will diagnose and treat your rash. You can also learn more about how best to protect your family from dangerous outdoor plants.