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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what can poison ivy, oak and sumac look like on your skin?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Red, itchy streaks: Skin contact with poison ivy can lead to a very itchy, red, blistering rash frequently in linear or streak patterns where the oleoresin contacted the skin. To read more about poison ivy, see my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2014/04/the-3-points-of-poison-ivy/.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you suggest any remedies for poison ivy, oak, sumac?

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Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 41 years experience
How bad is it?: If it is not severe calamine lotion may help. You can also buy an over the counter antihistamine to help with the itching. Make sure you wash any clothing or shoes that you were wearing when you got the poison ivy since they may still transmit it to you. If you are very uncomfortable i would see a dermatologist.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How are reactions to poison ivy/oak/sumac treated?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Poison ivy: 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, you can use poison ivy remedies, such as oatmeal baths and cool compresses, as well as over-the-counter anti-itch medications to relieve your signs and symptoms. In severe cases topical and oral cortisone are used.

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