You’ve just petted Spot and then remembered his run through that patch of poison oak. What’s the most important thing you must do to avoid getting the dreaded rash?
Time is of the essence! Quickly wash the oils off your skin within 20 minutes with soap and cool water, and you should be fine. If soap is unavailable, water alone may do the trick. Using cool water keeps your pores closed and prevents the oil from attaching itself to your skin.