Doctor debunks poison ivy myths

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The wet warm weather is encouraging an explosion of poison ivy this summer. If you think it's bad now, just wait until the oil really builds up in its roots, stems and leaves.

Dr. Matt Bruckel of Total Access Urgent Care helps explain why there is more poison ivy this summer than ever, and how to treat it.

He says that you get poison ivy from touching the plant's oil, then it spreads because it itches. Patients with poison ivy often report that they touched the rash and it spread, the rash does not spread.

Dr. Bruckel notes that poison ivy is not contagious! It can cross react with other things, but once the oil is washed off, you can't get a rash.

He recommends that if you're planning a camping trip, wear high socks, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants to avoid getting poison ivy.

Dr. Bruckel treats each poison ivy case differently, but usually uses topical steroids or creams to combat the rash.

If you have poison ivy, visit Total Access Urgent Care. They now have 8 offices open, including the newest in Ellisville.

By Tess Hill

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