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What's good to cure rash from poison ivy and poison oak?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Poison Ivy: The best therapy is a prolonged dose of oral steroids, typically 10 or more days. Tapering steroid packs such as a 10 or 13 day "dexpak" is most effective. Shorter durations of steroids will often result in return of the rash.
Dr. Ted King
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Steroids: As dr. Vaughn said, steroids are the best. If you just have a few spots, then a cream will do the job. If it is widespread, steroid pills are absolutely the best way to go.
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Depends on severity : With less severe cases, like if it Just involves a spot on your hand, you can just use topical benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream or calamine lotion. For more involved cases prescribed topical steroids can be helpful. But as was mentioned previously for more severe cases oral steroids are often necessary.

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A 22-year-old female asked:

How can you tell the rash of poison ivy or poison oak? Are they contagious and how does it last? And how long does it itch?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Continuing exposure.: The resin from the poison ivy/oak can continue to cause you problem. Be sure to wash off anything which has touched the poison ivy with a laundry detergent to rid of the resin. Don not overlook the gloves, boots, or even your car's floor mat.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are good remedies to treat a rash from poison oak?

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Dr. Alan Kelly
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Wash off resin first: You should wash off the plant resin first. Get a soap called Tecnu and wash off the resin. You have to use it immediately after exposure (within the 1st hour) before the resin absorbs into your skin. That will minimize the amount of resin that you react to. Once the rash is entrenched then you have to use steroid creams (hydrocortisone) or a steroid pill from your doctor (Prednisone or Medrol)
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A 17-year-old female asked:

Is poison ivy and poison oak contagious days after you get the rash? Can it spread on my own body once I have it?

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Dr. Marc Serota
Dermatology 14 years experience
Not contagious: This is a delayed type allergic reaction to the chemicals in the plants. It is not contagious and would not spread on your body once the initial exposure is removed.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Active lesions can spread.
Jun 2, 2014
A 36-year-old member asked:

What does a poison ivy or oak rash look like?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
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. See photo.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What's good for poison ivy and poison oak?

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Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Steroids: These reactions represent a contact allergy, and can be quite severe. The affected area needs to be washed thoroughly, and topical steroid creams can be applied. You can start with 1% Hydrocortisone from the drug store, but a more potent prescription cream will probably be necessary. In severe cases, oral Prednisone my be required.

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