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Wondering if it's bad to take a hot shower if you have poison oak?

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Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Should be fine : Poison oak causes contact dermatitis at the area that you expose to it. A hot shower should not spread it. Try using otc Hydrocortisone cream and moisturizer. Seek local medical help if symptoms are severe.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Maybe/maybe not: I can see hot water causing an initial increase in blood flow at your skin surface & intensifying any discomfort/reaction to the rheus antigen. The shower itself is a good idea, since lathering up well with soap should remove the rash triggering chemicals. I would use warm water instead.

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