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baking soda for poison ivy

A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Something else.: You may be better off using soap. However the resin from the poison ivy/oak can continue to cause you problem. Be sure to wash off anything which has ... Read More

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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes it's fine.: That's a good old fashioned home remedy. Make a paste with warm water and spread it over the poison ivy. Refresh the application every couple of hour ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Oatmeal soaks: Are often used for poison ivy.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Steroids: Poison ivy is a contact dermatitis. Once one has been exposed and develops the rash then treatment options include topical steroids and it the rash is ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience in Dermatology
Itchy: Itching is pretty much present in every case. Redness and blistering are all pretty common too. I am hoping that's what you were asking. As far as ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
36 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Depends: ...on how allergic you are, AND how much of the oily substance (urushiol) gets on your skin. Can be as long as 4-6 weeks. The inflammation can affect ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
45 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Wash with brown soap: This must be done right after exposure, or you can use alcohol to wash the affected area immediately. After the rash appears, this could hurt. Use o ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Continuing exposure.: The major approach is topical cortisone ( a prescription one) and at times oral prednisone. The resin from the poison ivy/oak can continue to cause yo ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Poison ivy: Poison ivy treatments are usually limited to self-care methods, and the rash typically goes away on its own within two to four weeks. In the meantime, ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Taylor
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Topical steroids.: If the case is bad enough may need oral steroids.
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