Poison Ivy

This plant causes a rash on the skin of someone who has come in contact with it. Poison Ivy grows naturally in wooded areas and can cause a rash and itching sensation. At WellCare Urgent Care center we offer treatment for poison ivy so you can get back to feeling normal.


Everyone has heard of Poison Ivy or come into contact with it in their lifetimes. This is an irritating rash that happens from the plant. Poison Ivy can lead to scars if not treated properly. If you have come into contact with Poison Ivy, then come into WellCare Urgent Care center in Grand Rapids to get treatment.

What is Poison Ivy?

The rash from Poison Ivy is a type of contact dermatitis. The rash typically appears within one-to-three days after encountering the plant and can last for several weeks. It generally appears as blistering bumps and the skin will be itchy, red, and swollen.

What Causes Poison Ivy?

There is an oily substance found on poison ivy plants called urushiol that is the cause of the rash. You can still get poison ivy through direct contact of this oil if it is found on clothing, pets, or other substances, Airborne contact is also possible if the plant is burned and the oil particles land on the skin. This rash is not contagious unless some blisters contain urushiol which can spread it further.

Treatments for Poison Ivy

There are some home remedies you can use to help relieve the symptoms of Poison Ivy. These are:

  • Topical Solutions to Relieve Itching
  • Oral Antihistamines
  • Applying a Cold Compress

If the rash becomes severe or leads to a bacterial infection, then medical care is needed for treatment.

Preventing Poison Ivy

The best way to prevent Poison Ivy is by learning what the plant looks like in order to avoid contact with it. Poison Ivy plants have three leaves that are pointed and can either have notched or smooth edges. It does change color with the seasons and will be red in the spring, green in the summer, and yellow in the fall. This is found in wooded areas and along riverbanks. If you are hiking through the woods, wearing closed shoes, long pants and sleeves is a good idea to avoid contact with the plant.

Come into WellCare

Come into WellCare Urgent Care center in Grand Rapids if you have been exposed to the Poison Ivy Plant. We can help get you quick and effective treatment for your symptoms.

Should I visit Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Urgent Care

When you have any medical condition that is non-life threatening or have general medical needs, then an Urgent Care center can take care of these. WellCare Urgent Care takes care of a variety of medical concerns such as the flu, vaccinations, physicals, allergy symptoms, and more.

WellCare Urgent care is convenient because it is quick and cost-effective.

Average visit time: 1 hour
Average cost: $150

Emergency Room

Emergency care is necessary when you are suffering from a life-threatening condition. This could be a heart attack, stroke, head injury, or other trauma that requires more advanced treatment. If you or someone you love has a life-threatening illness or injury, then you need to call 911 and get to the closest Emergency Room.

Emergency Rooms, while the best option for serious trauma, do take time and are costly.

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Average Cost Per Visit: $1700

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