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Doctor insights on: How Long Does Poison Sumac Usually Last

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more


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Why do people get poison sumac real bad?

Why do people get poison sumac real bad?

Rhus dermatitis: Reaction to the toxic oil, can stay on clothing up to 10 years if not washed in hot water. ...Read more

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What are ways to help "cure" poison sumac?

No cure, get treated: (toxicodendron dermatitis) aka: poison ivy/oak/sumac causes an itchy blistering reaction of varying degrees in almost everyone who contacts it and fails to wash it off immediately. Seeing a doctor is highly recommended because oral steroids for about 3 weeks in a tapering course will dramatically improve this condition in a few days. Topical soaks to dry the blisters is also helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you identify poison sumac out in the wild?

How do you identify poison sumac out in the wild?

Not easily!: Poison sumac is not very common. It grows only in very wet areas. Identification is not easy. The leaves are smooth not jagged or hairy and there are 7-9 leaves per stem. ...Read more

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What symptoms after coming into contact with poison sumac?

Poison sumac: Signs and symptoms of a poison ivy or poison sumac rash include: redness, itching, swelling, blisters, often, the rash looks like a straight line because of the way the plant brushes against the skin. But if you come into contact with a piece of clothing or pet fur that has urushiol on it, the rash may be more spread out. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of poison sumac?

Can't: It has to run its course, however topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and/or cortizone cream may reduce reddness and symptoms. Oral steroids may be required for larger or more severe outbreaks, possibly along with antihistamine & h2 blocker to reduce symptoms. You've got it for about two weeks. Sorry! ...Read more

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