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Keeping safe from poison ivy

August 10, 2019 02:14 PM

We've all heard the saying, "leaves of three, let it be..." but poison ivy can be tricky given that it's not always in plain sight. 

The first time you're exposed to poison ivy, you might not get a rash. If you're exposed to it again, you'll likely get the itchy rash, and it gets worse each time you come in contact with it. 

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Prevention is key. If you're going to be in a wooded area, wear long sleeves and pants, and use gloves to landscape. 

If you develop the rash, doctors say use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone ointment, a cool compress, or an antihistamine. 

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Muneib Chater

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