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Taking Action Quickly Against Poison Ivy

Many doctors will be able to tell you that the sooner you cleanse the area that you think has been exposed, the more likely it will be that you will be able to get rid of the urushiol before it penetrates the skin. Even if 10 minutes or so has passed, you might not be able to stop the initial damage, but you can at the very least stop it from spreading. Here are some immediate action steps that you should take if you have been exposed to poison ivy, sumac, or oak while outside:

- First you want to make sure that you have put rubbing alcohol generously on the area of the exposed skin. Then, you also want to make sure that you don’t come back to that area again, as the second time with urushiol is usually much harder to prevent.

- After that, you want to wash the area that you put rubbing alcohol with water.

- Once you have done the first two steps successfully before any further damage is done, you are going to want to take a shower with warm water and soap. Also, make sure that anything you were wearing that could have come into contact with the urushiol is also washed down with alcohol and water as well, and then eventually thoroughly washed again before use when you have more time.