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Can avoiding some plants help to prevent dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Avoiding certain plants can help prevent outbreaks of dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis is caused by exposure to a certain substance or material, including plants. Your allergic reaction may not occur for 24 to 48 hours after contact with the plant. A rash, redness, or open sores may develop. Other symptoms can be more severe depending on how allergic you have become. Poison ivy and poison oak are among the most common plants that produce allergic responses. Try to avoid plants with fuzzy leaves. Daisies, tulips, and poinsettias can also trigger reactions. Garlic, onions, chives, and leeks may also pose a problem. Even citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons can cause contact dermatitis. If you are sensitive, wear gloves when handling these plants. Also, reduce your exposure to airborne plants such as ragweed and pollen. Consult a dermatologist for more information.

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