• How do you know if you have poison ivy in your eyes?


    Question:

    How do you know if you have poison ivy in your eyes?


    Answer:

    When exposed to poison ivy, it can cause an allergic reaction to your skin or eyes. This may happen with direct or indirect contact, or if you inhale the vapors from burning poison ivy.

    Poison ivy causes a delayed reaction where a rash usually begins 1 to 3 days after exposure. The rash can last from 2-3 weeks. On the eyelid skin, you may notice an extremely itchy, red and bumpy rash directly where you had contact with the poison ivy. It may also cause swelling and blistering of the skin. In the eyes, you may notice extremely red, itchy, watery eyes and small bumps on the insides of the eyelids.

    If you think you've been exposed to poison ivy, you can use cool compresses or chilled artificial tears to reduce the itching and discomfort. You should also see your eye doctor to see if you need further treatment that can include topical antihistamines or steroids.


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