Postexposure prevention of Toxicodendron dermatitis by early forceful unidirectional washing with liquid dishwashing soap

Published:February 01, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2017.12.081
      Postexposure prevention of Toxicodendron dermatitis consists primarily of early washing of exposed skin with water and soap or other products. Commercially available products can be costly, especially when used for large or repetitive contacts. Moreover, 1 study demonstrated that it is the act of washing rather than the type of wash that matters.
      • Stibich A.S.
      • Yagan M.
      • Sharma V.
      • Herndon B.
      • Montgomery C.
      Cost-effective post-exposure prevention of poison ivy dermatitis.
      Although some authorities emphasize that washing should be performed gently rather than forcefully, there is limited information about effective washing technique.
      • Fisher A.A.
      Poison ivy/oak dermatitis. Part I: prevention—soap and water, topical barriers, hyposensitization.
      We present a technique that has worked numerous times for the authors and others.
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