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i have oozing from poison ivy, what to do?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Poison Ivy: There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivy include calamine lotion, oatmeal soaks, Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) oral steroids are sometimes indicated.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Prescriptions: Note that it is an allergy. Not a poison or infection. After rinsing with water it cannot spread on you and cannot be transmitted to another person. Antihistamines are totally useless for this. Otc products are of limited value. Clobetasol gel (cream) is very effective and very safe. If it is very extensive or if eyelids are swollen, you can take Prednisone 50mg alternate days for 2 or 3 doses.

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Are there any long term effects of poison ivy exposure?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: No - poison ivy causes only local contact irritation and will not cause long term issues or problems. Poison ivy causes trouble by contacting the plants sap - and its not contagious. However, people can continue to come in contact with it if you don't eradicate the plant.
A 50-year-old member asked:

How long does poison ivy usually last?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Weeks: Without proper and prompt treatment, poison ivy dermatitis can last for weeks at least, and sometimes, months.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

If you get poison ivy, how do you feel?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Itchy: Poison ivy itches. A lot.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get poison ivy again after ridding of it?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Yes: Individuals who contract poison ivy are allergic to it and subsequent exposures will result in return of the rash.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Why do some people say they arent allergic to poison ivy?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Some people aren't: Because some people are not allergic to it. Allergies depend on the response of several factors of the individual immune system. For different reasons, some people develop an allergy to something and others do not. Over time with more exposure, someone previously without a problem can develop it. Once there, it almost always remains though.

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