If you know you will be working around
poison ivy, oak, or sumac, you may think about using a
barrier cream or lotion. This will help prevent the plant oil (urushiol) from
contacting your skin and causing a rash (allergic
Products containing bentoquatam, such as IvyBlock, may help prevent the rash.
These products should not be used on children younger than age
6 or by anyone who already has a rash from the poison ivy, oak, or sumac
plants. You can get these products without a prescription.
Barrier creams and lotions do not completely protect against getting a poison ivy rash.
August 19, 2013
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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