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does poison ivy cause swelling

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Moe
22 years experience Urgent Care
See below: You can use a mixture of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) gel and Hydrocortisone cream apply to the area of the rash to reduce swelling.
Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
Many remedies: Many remedies can help. One of the best is jewel weed lotion. Homeopathic rhus tox12x or 12c, 2 pellets under tongue 3x/day often helps- for other cho ... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See doctor: If the problem is a mild one, time will heal it. If the problem is severe, you will need to see a doctor who may prescribe some Prednisone pills or a ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
44 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Prednisone: Nothing beats systemic corticosteroids for poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Or any contact dermatitis for that matter.
Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Steroids: If the area is large systemic steroids - prednisone- is great. If area is small mid to high potency topical steroids may be good choice.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Local steroids: Depending on the severity of the lesion, you may apply over the counter steroid ointment. You may not need to take oral steroids. Consult this site fo ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Schleimer
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See MD: A recent event with poison ivy, especially involving the eyes can be very painful. Many docs will put patients on a ultra short course of prednisone, ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Groin?: Anywhere else? Are you sure it is due to "poison ivy"? Exactly what are the "harsh creams" or "steroids" that you fear? If you are in distress, see a ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
See a dermatologist: Are you SURE of the diagnosis? If it is from ivy, it is an allergic reaction which can appear only on areas of skin exposed to the sap from the plant. ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Novick
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Maybe first be sure: You are dealing with poison ivy. But if you are certain then cold compresses may help...But usually you also need anithistamine pills..The itching and ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
45 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Poison Ivy: Likely not the ER unless there are swallowing or breathing problems. Have her seen by her MD or urgent care for treatment. Using Benadryl (diphenhydra ... Read More
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A 7-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
35 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe: This is very itchy and painful. The swelling and pain will start to go down within 24 hours with the prednisone. I find cool witch hazel soaks help to ... Read More

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