Poison Ivy

  1. General information
    1. Contact dermatitis; mediated by T-cell response so rash is not seen for 24-48 hours after contact.
    2. Poison ivy is not spread by the fluid in the vesicles; can be spread by clothes and animals that retain the plant resin.
  2. Assessment findings: very pruritic impetigo-like lesions
  3. Nursing interventions
    1. Administer antihistamines and cortisone as ordered.
    2. Provide client teaching and discharge planning concerning
      1. Plant identification
      2. Need to wash with soap and water after contact with plant
      3. Importance of washing clothes to get the resin out