Toxicodendron radicans can cause so much harm and irritation to both humans and animals. In some instances, it can lead to severe health concerns and affects more than 350,000 people across the United States every year.
This condition can create painful blisters that ooze fluids all over the body, and thus becomes further contaminated. Sound scary enough? You’ve certainly heard of poison ivy before and you might have even been affected by it once or twice. Because Toxicodendron radicans is more commonly referred to as poison ivy.
If you’re severely allergic to this plant, you need to visit an urgent care center as soon as possible after first contact. This poisonous plant, if ingested through burning or consuming, can create a rash on the lungs, causing extreme pain and possibly fatal respiratory difficulty, which is why you need to act quickly if you’ve been infected anywhere other than physical contact. If you ever find yourself asking “should I go to urgent care” following a mishap with poison ivy, the answer should almost always be yes.
According to a Milliman private study, roughly 44% to 65% of all emergency room episodes could have been treated in urgent care clinics — poisonous ivy instances are no exception.
Knowing what to do if you or a child are having an allergic reaction or believe your lungs are in jeopardy is important, but you’re going to want to know how to alleviate pain and irritation following any contact with this plant regardless.
Here are a few home remedies you should try to lessen your symptoms following contact with poison ivy:
- Place a banana peel directly onto the patch of skin that’s irrigated by the poisonous oak to lessen the pain and itching.
- Apply lavender oils and other anti-inflammatory oils to the skin to sooth the area.
- Either place slices of cucumbers onto the patch of skin or create your own cucumber paste to apply for soothing relief.
If you want to learn more about what to do in the event of coming in contact with poisonous plants, contact Island Urgent Care right away.