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Bleach for poison ivy treatment

A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Steroids (cortisone): Poison ivy or poison oak rashes are allergic reactions caused by contact with the plants. The plant sap can be on clothes, bedding, car seats, etc...,... Read More
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Steroids: If you clearly have allergy to poison ivy and have contact dermatitis to it, you might need oral steroids. At the very least, you will need topical st... Read More
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
Dermatology 10 years experience
Anti itch: Hydrocortisone 1% available otc can be used to decrease the itch. Sometimes, a sedating anti histamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can also make t... Read More

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Poison Ivy: If the rash is widespread or results in a large number of blisters, your doctor may prescribe an oral corticosteroid, such as prednisone, for poison i... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Depends: With so many health insurance plans, it will really depend on a person's individual health plan coverage. In general, there is no reason evaluation a... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 26 years experience
Many: There are several things that can help. Probably the most common things are otc, like calamine lotion and topical steroids. Sometimes patients need ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
Ophthalmology 46 years experience
Steroid cream: Just as on the arms or legs, the treatment is symptom driven. Over the counter steroid cream 2-3 times a day for 3-5 days should help. Try not to get... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Possible: especially if you had scratched the area heavily. I would give it at least 3 months to see if the pigment would return before doing anything about it... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
Unclear as: to what you mean by "rebound" Can you get the rash back after initial improvement....DEFINITELY In fact many Physicians write for or administer TWO ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ayyaz Shah
Dermatology 28 years experience
Prednisone: Prednisone is routinely given for many inflammatory conditions. Usual duration for most acute conditions is 1-2 weeks. While Prednisone used long term... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
Allergy and Immunology 15 years experience
Don't do that: You shouldn't apply bleach over the inflamed skin area due to poison ivy contact dermatitis. Bleach is an irritant and would make your skin more infla... Read More
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