When the weather is warm and you’re itching to spend time outdoors, do you instantly think to protect yourself from poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac? Unfortunately most people don’t  know how to protect themselves from these poison plants of summer – much less, how to distinguish them from safe ones.  These plants, which contain oil named Urushiol, cause skin irritation within 12 -72 hours after contact. Though rashes rarely lead to serious or life-threatening sickness, severe reactions – which include fever, swelling, blistering, and crusting skin – require urgent medical care.


Without treatment, mild rashes can clear within a few weeks. Nonetheless, the uncontrollable itching, minor swelling, and redness that come with rashes can feel unbearable.

What to do if you get poison ivy:

Use the following tips for instant relief from your symptoms:

  • Press a cold compress on the infected area
  • Taking an oatmeal bath
  • Apply anti-itch creams, lotions, or gels to the affected area


If you or someone you know has been exposed to poison ivy, oak, or sumac, you don’t have to suffer with pain & discomfort. Walk in to AFC Urgent Care Hartsdale to be seen by a board-certified physician with no appointment necessary.  We also accept most insurance plans and offer low rates for our self-pay patients. For more information, visit us at our conveniently located urgent care center at 359 North Central Ave in Hartsdale, NY or give us a call at 914.448.2273.