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Posts for: May, 2017
If you spend time outdoors, then you’ve probably come into contact with poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac at some point in your life. The plants’ oily sap, known as urushiol causes many people to break out in an itchy rash. Urushiol is colorless or pale yellow oil that exudes from any cut part of the plant, including the roots, stems and leaves.
The intensely itchy rash is an allergic reaction to the sap and can appear on any part of the body. The severity of the reaction varies from person to person, depending on how much sap penetrates the skin and how sensitive the person is to it. The most common symptoms include:
- Itchy skin
- Redness or streaks
- Small or large blisters
- Crusting skin when blisters have burst
When other parts of the body come into contact with the oil, the rash may continue to spread to new parts of the body. A common misconception is that people can develop the rash from touching another person’s poison ivy rash. However, you cannot give the rash to someone else. The person has to touch the actual oil from the plant in order have an allergic reaction.
When to See Your Dermatologist
Generally, a rash from poison ivy, oak or sumac will last 1 to 3 weeks and will go away on its own without treatment. But if you aren’t sure whether or not your rash is caused by poison ivy, or if you need treatment to relieve the itch, you may want to visit a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and care. You should also see your dermatologist if the rash is serious, in which case prescription medicine may be necessary. Swelling is a sign of serious infection.
Other signs that your rash may be serious include:
- Conservative treatments won’t ease the itch
- Rash begins to spread to numerous parts of the body
- Pus, pain, swelling, warmth and other signs of infection are accompanying the rash
- Facial swelling, especially on the eyelids
- Rash develops on face, eyelids, lips or genitals
- Breathing or swallowing becomes difficult
To avoid getting the rash caused by poison ivy, oak or sumac, learn how to recognize what these plants look like and stay away. Always wear long pants and long sleeves when you anticipate being in wooded areas, and wear gloves when gardening. If you come into contact with the plants, wash your skin and clothing immediately.
Poison ivy, oak and sumaccan be a real nuisance and often difficult to detect. As a general rule, remember the common saying, “Leaves of three—let them be.” And if you do get the rash, visit our office for proper care.
SkinTyte is a laser skin rejuvenation treatment offered in Rocky River, OH, by Dr. Curt Birchall of The Fountain Clinic. It is used to rejuvenate and tighten the skin. This laser treatment offers dramatic results, but subtle ones on the jowls or loose neck skin. The procedure can also tighten skin on the chest between the neck and the breasts or on the abdominals, arms or legs.
More about the Laser SkinTyte Procedure
Perhaps the biggest benefit of this laser skin treatment is that it is painless. This non-invasive treatment has no downtime, meaning patients can go back to work with their new look. Patients will see immediate results and even more in just three months’ time. Laser skin rejuvenation treatment in Rocky River has proven to be successful for all of Dr. Birchall’s patients.
SkinTyte uses broad band light (BBL) to gently but quickly heat the skin’s upper layers with intense light pulses known as photo-coagulation. There is no surgery or cutting requires as this is a nonsurgical skin tightening procedure. The procedure recoils or tightens the loose collage in the skin. This causes both short and long term results for patients. Patients notice tighter skin with fewer wrinkles immediately because of the heating of the collagen and swelling of the skin because of the light energy.
After the laser skin tightening procedure, the collagen will gently continue to tighten over the next few months. Not only do you get instant results, but gradual ones too. Results will depend on hormone deficiencies, diet, smoking or even sun exposure. Multiple treatments may be necessary to get the desired results each patient is looking for.
To learn more about Laser Skin Rejuvenation or other cosmetic laser treatment procedures in Rocky River, OH, from Dr. Birchall, schedule an appointment today at The Fountain Clinic by calling 216-503-8517.