Toxicodendron Poisoning Follow-up

Updated: Jan 03, 2017
  • Author: Steven L Stephanides, MD; Chief Editor: Asim Tarabar, MD  more...
  • Print
Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

Patients should follow up with their primary care physician.

All contaminated clothing and articles should be washed. Pets that have been exposed should be bathed well to remove the oil from their fur.

Precautions include watching for secondary bacterial infection of skin lesions.

Next:

Deterrence/Prevention

Avoid exposure. Protective clothing, such as gloves (nonlatex), should be worn if handling the plants or contaminated objects or animals.

A number of barrier creams and lotions are available. Although they cannot completely eliminate the reaction, they can diminish the exposure.

Previous
Next:

Complications

Potential complications include the following:

  • Superinfection of skin lesions
  • Hyperpigmentation of healing lesions (usually resolves spontaneously within a few weeks)
Previous
Next:

Prognosis

Complete resolution is expected within 7-21 days.

Previous
Next:

Patient Education

Instruct the patient that the fluid from the bullae is not an irritant and cannot extend the rash.

If steroids have been given, caution the patient on the risks of rebound flare if steroid therapy is stopped prematurely.

For patient education information, see the Allergies Center, as well as Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac.

Previous