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rashes that look like poison ivy

A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
25 years experience Dermatology
See a dermatologist: Unless you have traveled someplace tropical the chances this is an insect infestation are low. However, until you have been examined "bugs" cannot be ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
44 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Ooey, gooey, itchy: Blisters filled with yellow fluid on a very red base. When the blisters leak or break everything gets sticky. As they dry the whole thing gets crusty. ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not usually: Poison ivy tends to involved a much large area of the skin than a mosquito bite. The blisters may not appear until 1 to 3 days later after contact. M ... Read More
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
17 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Scabies: Should be seen by a dermatologist who would perform skin scrapings for true diagnosis. If this has already been done, then he should have been prescri ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marianna Post
17 years experience Family Medicine
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) caladryl or calamine lotion, if it gets bad, you might need to go to doctor to get steroid injection and/ or Prednisone pi ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rudolph Johnstone
35 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Poison ivy: If it is severe you doctor can prescribe Prednisone by mouth in addition to oral antihistamine.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Poison ivy rashes are due to allergic contact dermatitis. You will have worse reactions with each encounter with poison ivy. You may also develop alle ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Similar: Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac can all cause allergic contact dermatitis. Since the rashes will all look the same, to determine which rhus p ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
It can: Some of the more worrisome cases i've treated have come when kids rubbed their eyes with contaminated fingers.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
32 years experience Dermatology
Poison Ivy: Poison ivy rash is not contagious. Rubbing the rashes won't spread poison ivy to other parts of your body (or to another person). You spread the rash ... Read More

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