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Poison oak, any suggestions--baking soda paste?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
34 years experience in Travel Medicine
Many treatments: Poison ivy, oak and sumac rashes are an allergic response to oils produced by these plants. If you suspect you have been exposed wash your skin well to remove the oil. If you discover the itchy red rash instead, you will need to treat the symptoms. Anti-tich measures : baking soda, diphendyramine, and avoid overheating. Hydrocoritsone cream and domeboro soaks help too. See your doctor if severe.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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