Aug 3, 2016

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Medical Corner – Poisonous Plants

Medical Corner by Morgan Hahn, Captain

I am sending this with no commentary straight from the Center for Disease Control after seeing two young children in the Baptist Hospital Emergency Room this past week. POISONOUS PLANTS Symptoms and First Aid Symptoms: ♦ Red rash within a few days of contact ♦Possible bumps, patches, streaking, or weeping blisters (blister fluids are not contagious) ♦ Swelling ♦ Itching First Aid: ♦ Immediately rinse skin with rubbing alcohol, specialized poison plant washes, or a dishwashing soap or detergent, and lots of water. Rinse frequently so that wash solutions do not dry on the skin and further spread the urushiol. ♦ Scrub under nails with a brush. ♦ Apply wet compresses, calamine lotion, or hydrocortisone cream to the skin to reduce itching and blistering. ♦An antihistamine such as Benadryl can be used to relieve itching. Follow the directions on any creams and lotions - do not deviate. Important: do NOT apply any of these to broken skin, such as open blisters. ♦ Oatmeal baths may relieve itching. If children are contaminated with any poisonous plants, a pediatrician should be contacted to determine appropriate dosage. If there is severe rash on the face or genitals, seek professional medical help. Call 911 or go to the hospital emergency room if the victim is suffering a severe allergic reaction, such as swelling or difficulty breathing, or has had a severe reaction in the past.

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