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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
Email: xy9803@yahoo.com or info@acupuncturistwang.com
http://www.AcupuncturistWang.com
Poison Ivy Allergy                      

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, an estimated 10 to 50 million people in this country have an allergic reaction to poison ivy each year. Urushiol is found in all parts of the poison ivy plant --- the leaves, stems, and roots. About 85 percent of people are allergic to the urushiol in poison ivy.

Signs and symptoms of a poison ivy rash include:
   Redness
   Itching
   Swelling
   Blisters filled with fluid that may leak out

The rash is very itchy and can appear on any part of the body. The rash can continue to appear on new parts of the body when:
   Other parts of the body touch the oil.
   You spread the oil on your skin by touching other parts of your body.

Avoiding the poison plants is the best treatment. If contact with the plants has already occurred, you should remove the oils from the skin as soon as possible by cleansing with an ordinary soap. Repeat the cleaning with the soap three times. There are also alcohol-based wipes that help remove the oils. Wash all clothes and shoes also because the oils can remain on these.

For the itching, your may use over-the-counter creams, such as calamine lotion. Some doctors will suggest benadryl or other antihistamine; in severe cases, steroids may be prescribed to calm the allergic reaction.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) includes Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. TCM has been used to treat allergies for thousands of years. In Chinese medicine, poison ivy rash is considered damp heat in the skin. Acupuncture treatment focuses on determining which channels are affected, and choosing points that drain heat from those areas. Herbal medicine can bring down the allergic response, clear heat from the skin, dry up weeping sores, and relieve itching. Traditional Chinese medicine has been proven safe and effective without adverse side effects. If you would like to pursue this form of treatment or information, please contact Xiaoyan.


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