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A 35-year-old member asked:

cures for poison ivy and oak?

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 years experience
Not really a "cure": Technically there really isn't a "cure". Most every patient will recover without doing anything. However, treatment certainly makes one feel a heck of a lot better in the process. Poison ivy and oak and sumac are all allergic reactions to the resin on the plants. If you are allergic (and many people are or will be) then you will have a reaction every time you have contact with the plant.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 16 years experience
See below: mild cases can probably be treated with a steroid cream. severe cases usually require oral steroids.

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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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