Allergic Contact Dermatitis: Poison Ivy

Rhonda Goodman, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC; Deborah Hollimon, MS, ARNP, FNP-BC


Dermatology Nursing 

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Nursing Measures

Help the patient with washing the skin and applying cold, wet compresses. Use this time to educate the patient about emergency treatment for possible future occurrences. Educate the patient about hand washing and hygiene, not to soak in hot water or take hot showers, as this will exacerbate the itching. Use sound literature and pictures to help patients learn to identify poisonous plants. Followup with the patient to determine the efficacy of the treatment and to reinforce the initial plan of care (Graham, 2003).


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