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Treatment of Poison Ivy for Children

What is poison ivy?

Poison Ivy is a type of plant that is either a trailing vine that grows to be ten to twenty-five centimeters, a type of shrub that that grows to be 1.2 meters, or a climbing vine that grows up the sides of trees or other support structures. Poison ivy is a type of North American plant that has a clear sap like liquid that can cause itching or a rash. Read below where Experts have answered many questions relating to poison ivy in children.

Can poison ivy cause bruising?

In most cases, the poison ivy itself will not cause the bruising. The bruising may be caused by the itching and rubbing that most people do when they have poison ivy. If the person goes to the doctor to have the poison ivy checked out and treated by a doctor and the doctor is confident that the bruises are not cause for concern, then generally they are nothing to be worried about and are a side effect of the itching.

If a child has had the chicken pox vaccine but has red bumps on their body, can this be poison ivy or chicken pox?

In most cases, when a child has poison ivy, then it generally is characterized by red itchy bumps that appear in the shape of a line due to the way the plant brushes the skin and chicken pox is generally red blisters that crust over and can form all over the body along with a runny nose and possible fever. The child should not scratch the skin, as this may spread the rash and the parent may want to take the child to their doctor to determine if the rash is poison ivy or chicken pox.

What can a parent do to get rid of poison ivy on their child’s face?

In most cases, the parent would need to make sure that the child’s face is properly cleaned so that there is no trace of the plant left on the skin. Once the parent does this, then they can try and use an anti-itch lotion to treat the area as well as an oatmeal bath and Benadryl. After a few days, the swelling and itching should go away and the poison ivy should clear up.

If a person is dealing with poison ivy in their child, what would be good to treat it?

In most cases, when a parent is dealing with poison ivy, then it is recommended that they try an oatmeal bath, calamine lotion, and Benadryl. This should help with the itching. The parent can also try a Benadryl lotion as well as the calamine lotion.

Poison ivy is a type of rash that is caused by a plant that adults and children may get when they come in contact with the plant. When a parent is dealing with poison ivy, then they may have questions regarding how to treat the poison ivy, what causes poison ivy, or even the side effects of having poison ivy. When a parent has the questions regarding poison ivy in children, then they may need to seek the answers from an Expert.

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Recent Poison Ivy Questions

  • My 13 year old daughter developed a rash about 3 weeks ago-

    My 13 year old daughter developed a rash about 3 weeks ago- our first guess was possibly poison ivy- we treated with Benadryl and calamine lotion- it has gotten progressively worse- started on her upper thighs and now spreading up around her bottom area- intense itching. Please help!
  • 4 year old girl with rash

    4 year old girl with rash that looks like poison ivy. it's on different parts of her body and itches alot. my concern is the rash is on the right side of her face and her right eye is swelled shut. Is there anything I can do to speed up the healing and reduce the swelling and get her eye open?
  • 5 year old male wakes up with 3 small blistery red dots on

    5 year old male wakes up with 3 small blistery red dots on his buttucks. Mother assumes chld may have been bittin by some bug or spider while he was sleeping. After his morning bath she cleans the 3 blistery red dots with peroxide then applies a triple antibiodic creame. The next moring the blistey red dots have covered both cheecks of the buttucks and is now on the bottom of his upper arms, his arm pits down the sides of his chest, some on his upper backand a couple by his privates. Within 2 days they burst and start to scab over. The third day all the places that had started to heal were now nickel size painful sores with liquid starting to fill them. Rash reminds me of bed sores in elderly. Last importent thing the child has not had a fever with this. Child seems totally fine, only complaint is they hurt alot.
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