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Being Smart

 An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: 

1. If you push exposure, each time a rash occurs your body will get more sensitive. And each time there is that small chance that something catastrophic will occur.

2. The longer you go without a rash, the less sensitive you become. After a few months or years you may be able to do more without getting a rash!

Seek help at the right time:

1. Get a medical evaluation if you swell within 24 hours; eyes swell shut; tongue swells; both hands swell; or you cant wear shoes. You may need steroids by mouth, like Prednisone.

2. Also get a medical evaluation if you suspect infection. You may need antibiotics.

Dont rely on latex gloves: 

Urushiol goes right through it. Besides, latex itself can cause a nasty allergic reaction.

Do use sunscreens: 

Modern sunscreens contain spreading agents (excipients) that are excellent for preventing poison-oak.

 

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