Help Clarify the Role of OTC and Rx Options for Poison Ivy

Patients will ask you how to manage poison ivy, oak, or sumac.

Advise washing the area as soon as possible with soap and water.

Topical cleansers (Tecnu, Zanfel, etc) can also be tried after exposure...but aren't proven to work better and cost more. Tell patients not to rely on barrier products (Ivy X Pre-Contact, etc) for prevention.

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