Dr. Steve Musick and his team of highly trained dermatology providers treat all forms of skin conditions in Swansea, IL and the surrounding St. Louis area. At Musick Dermatology & Advanced Clinical Spa, we can treat your reaction to poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak.
What Is Poison Ivy/Poison Sumac/Poison Oak?
All three of these conditions are an extremely uncomfortable allergic skin condition caused by skin contact with coming from plants that produce an oil called urushiol. When you touch any of these plants, your skin creates an allergic inflammatory reaction, causing redness, itching, rashes and even blisters.
Remove and wash your clothing then carefully wash your skin immediately upon contact with this plant to prevent the spreading of the plant product urushiol.
You will usually notice the inflammatory reaction within 1-2 days after direct exposure, and the discomfort may last up to 21 days. You may notice new allergic spots for up to 10 days adter exposure.
Treatment For Poison Ivy/Poison Sumac/Poison Oak
Our team can treat your condition with an oral antihistamine for itch, a prescription cortisone cream, and in some severe cases, we will prescribe an oral steroid such as prednisone or a shot called Kenalog. Our goal is to relieve your discomfort as quickly as possible.
Dr. Steve Musick is a Board-Certified Dermatologist by The American Board of Dermatology and treats all types of skin conditions in the Swansea, IL and St. Louis metropolitan area. There are numerous treatments that Dr. Musick and his team can perform, and it is best to make an appointment for proper evaluation of any skin condition.
To make an appointment, call Musick Dermatology & Advanced Clinical Spa in Swansea, IL today at 618-628-2588 . We accept most health insurance programs.