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How should I cleanse my skin if I have poison ivy?

If you have come in contact with poison ivy, you should cleanse your skin with soap and water within five to 10 minutes. After that time the urushiol oil (chemical that causes the reaction in poison ivy) will have penetrated the skin. If you have been exposed, certain creams can absorb the urushiol to help prevent reactions. Additionally, all pieces of clothing and objects that may have the urushiol oil will also need to be cleaned with soap and water. Remember that the best method for preventing poison ivy rash is to avoid exposure.

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