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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Poison Ivy

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Poison Ivy

Hiking, mountain biking, and working and playing in the yard are fun activities in the summer. While these activities are fun, it is always good to know the dangers of poisonous plants and what to do if you come in contact with one. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses the importance of identifying poison ivy and tips on what to do if you come in contact with the plant.

• “Leaves of Three, Leave Them Be” – Poison Ivy leaves appear in bunches of three leaflets.
• “Longer Middle Stem, Don’t Touch Them” – Poison Ivy features a distinctive longer stem at the base of the middle leaflet.
• Poison Ivy leaves are often glossy
• Shape varies but edges are usually smooth or toothed.

Be Prepared
• Avoid wooded areas or areas where poison ivy is present.
• Wear long sleeves, long pants, boots, and gloves when working in these areas.
• Do not burn plants that may be poison Ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac. Inhaling smoke from burning plants can cause severe allergic respiratory problems.

What do I do?
• Red rash within a few days of contact
• Possible bumps, patches, or blisters
• Swelling and Itching

First Aid
• Immediately wash the area with degreasing soap such as dishwashing soap or detergent and lots of water. Scrub under nails with a brush.
• Apply wet compresses, calamine lotion, or hydrocortisone cream to the skin to reduce itching and blistering. – Follow directions on the label.
• Contact your primary care provider or in serious conditions go to your nearest hospital.

Y-Country Medical Minute
Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.