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Poison ivy not going away

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
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
Dr. David Shulan
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Best to avoid: If you wash off the juice from poison ivy in 30 minutes you can avoid the rash otherwise corticosteroids topical or if extensive oral steroids are nee... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Poison ivy: Is the lay term for allergic contact dermatitis, can be caused by exposure to other irritants
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
Adolescent Medicine 36 years experience
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 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Antihistamines: Will treat the, steroids will attenuate inflammation.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Poison ivy : Calamine lotion will help with the itch and help to dry the rash. Prescription corticosteroid cream or pills may be needed for more widespread poison... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 16 years experience
See below: I didn't know there were different kinds of poison ivy?

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