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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Topical: Cold compresses, no scrubbing but gentle hypoallergenic cleansing of the site, topical anti-itch cream (if no open sores, blisters of lesions) and ora ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
12 years experience Allergy and Immunology
About a week: Rash comes from an immune reaction to oils in the poison ivy plant. Once the rash appears, it make take a week +/- a few days to resolve. Corticostero ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Poison ivy: Is the lay term for allergic contact dermatitis, can be caused by exposure to other irritants
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Varies: People who are having their first reaction to it may not begin symptoms until 7 to 14 days after contact. People already sensitive may evolve new reac ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Obviously: C ur md or go 2 er.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Yes: The blisters and the fluid in them are not contagious. Only the sticky substance from the plant is a problem. Make sure you check his clothing and w ... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: It depends on the severity of the involvement. Poison ivy is easily treated with a tapering course of prednisone. Why wait until it clears spontaneous ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Smith
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Poison ivy: Allergic reaction to plant best treated by steroids either topical or systemic. Best to see physician for quikest resolution. Don't scratch breaking o ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
20 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Antihistamines: Will treat the, steroids will attenuate inflammation.

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