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Rain and heat makes for bad poison ivy season

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Crops aren't the only plants thriving with all the rain and heat.  Poison ivy is also growing strong. 

Dr. Mark Kricheff of St. Joe Regional Medical Center says that he has seen patients come into the hospital about every day in the past month for poison ivy related illnesses.  He thinks there is a lot more poison ivy growing this summer because of the wet and warm weather.

Some people are so allergic to it that just being near the plant can cause an extreme allergic reaction, like trouble breathing. Though poison ivy rashes are pesky, Dr. Kricheff says that you just have to let it run its course: about a week and a half.

He says a poison ivy rash shouldn't be painful. If you start to feel pain or have signs of a fever, this could mean the rash is infected. Infection is the main reason why people must seek medical attention for poison ivy. Remember that poison ivy plants can be identified as having three leaves on one stem.

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