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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Green
44 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Avoidance is best: The best approach is avoidance. If the rash is mild and localized over the counter steroid creams and antihistamines may be sufficient. More severe sy ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Poison oak: Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
40 years experience Dermatology
Urushiol: Poison oak, poison sumac, poison ivy, and mango contain the chemical urushiol. Contact with the plant or any object containing the urushiol oil will ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Poison ivy treatment: 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
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joan Giordano
36 years experience Internal Medicine
See your doctor: if the rash isn't getting better, or is hot, painful or very red, it may need stronger mess. It may be infected, in which case you may need an antibio ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
41 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Steroids needed: If you have a significant case of poison oak, antihistamines are unlikely to faze the itching. You probably need oral steroids. You can certainly try ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Topical steroids: Over the counter steroid creams such as Hydrocortisone are good for small and minor irritations. They should respond to a few days of twice a day top ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Oak allergy: is an allergic reaction to Fraxinus excelsior pollen.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Maybe: You could get poison oak by accidentally brushing up against the plant when standing or sitting under that tree.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Nesbitt
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Yes: Urushiol is the allergen in poison oak that causes a rash to appear. Once the urushiol oil is washed off, no more rash or blisters occur. If the oil i ... Read More

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