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October 21, 1911

The Treatment of Rhus Poisoning

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Paducah, Ky.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(17):1385. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260100211022

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To the Editor:  —I wish to report on a treatment for ivy poisoning used with success on three persons, two patients and myself. Since boyhood, I have been subjected to at least yearly poisoning from ivy, sometimes most severely, and naturally I tried all the "sure cures" of the laity and, after studying medicine, all the treatments found in medical literature.Last August, however, I tried, as a palliative measure to allay the itching and irritation, a standard commercial solution of formaldehyd as put up in pound bottles, and obtained immediate and lasting relief. The first application, made in the morning, to the hands and arms, caused no pain; the second application, made in the afternoon, to the scrotum, caused intense pain which disappeared, however, after cold applications for ten or fifteen minutes. A patient whose eyelids were involved was relieved after one application. To keep the solution from the

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