Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac commonly cause skin rashes in children during the spring. An allergic reaction to the oil in these plants produces the rash. The rash occurs from several hours to three days after contact with the plant and begins in the form of blisters, accompanied by severe itching.

  • Poison ivy is not contagious once the rash comes out (only for the two hours following exposure to the plant).
  • Poison ivy (if the diagnosis is correct) will not get into the eye even when the skin around the eye swells to the point of closing the eye.
  • Poison ivy should not result in an emergency room visit! Please call us before going to the ER as we may be able to help and prevent an expensive ER visit.

Please take a moment to watch Dr. Hartman’s YouTube video on Poison Ivy, and please call us if you have any questions or concerns! 

(video link: https://youtu.be/WclPTS3w_uE)

Have a safe, healthy, and fun Spring!

All of Us at Westwood-Mansfield Pediatric Associates