The summer months are a very high-risk time to come in contact with poison ivy. Adults and children should be aware of where these plants are located so that they do not come into contact with them. If you or your child happen to come into contact with a poison ivy plant and are starting to develop an irritating and uncomfortable rash, here are a few things you can do to prevent the rash from spreading further and treat the discomfort.
- Immediately rinse your skin with warm, soapy water
- Wash your clothing and everything that may have come into contact with the plant
- Do not scratch, this can lead to infection
- Consider using a calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream
- Apply cool compresses to the itchy skin
- Consider taking antihistamine pills
Stop by AFC Urgent Care North Andover 7 days a week, no appointment necessary, for poison ivy treatments and other acute illnesses or injuries treatments. Our experienced staff will have you feeling better in no time!
Our center is conveniently located at 129 Turnpike Street in North Andover, providing urgent care services to families in Haverhill, Andover, Tewksbury, Wilmington and Georgetown MA.