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A 35-year-old member asked:

Cures for poison ivy and oak?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 26 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 17 years experience
See below: mild cases can probably be treated with a steroid cream. severe cases usually require oral steroids.
Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Best cure is prevention. Avoid 3-leaved vines and low growing plants. Wear long sleeves and gloves. Avoid touching your face. Any plant parts (vines, leaves) should be thrown away with the garbage (don't compost them). The rash is a delayed hypersensitivity reaction and will appear after a day or two. Topical steroids or oatmeal soaks or pramoxine cream can ease the pain; may need prednisone.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Poison ivy or oak, how to tell the difference?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
Look the same: These are both contact dermatitis and they will look the same. There is no way to tell the difference.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What work best to treat poison ivy or oak?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Shulan
Allergy and Immunology 42 years experience
Corticosteroids: First, you must avoid the exposure and wash all clothing and tools that might have the sap on them as the sap can be active for up to 6 months. Mild cases can respond to topical steroid creams but more extensive or severe cases need oral corticosteroids. Poin ivy on the eye can cause blindness and needs to evaluated and treated by a physician immediately. Antihistamines will not clear the rash.
A 24-year-old male asked:

I got into some poison ivy or oak. Is there anything I can do to not get it?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Wash: The location promptly along with any clothing that may have contacted, cortisone cream will limit
A 37-year-old member asked:

What's good for poison ivy and poison oak?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 31 years experience
Steroids: These reactions represent a contact allergy, and can be quite severe. The affected area needs to be washed thoroughly, and topical steroid creams can be applied. You can start with 1% Hydrocortisone from the drug store, but a more potent prescription cream will probably be necessary. In severe cases, oral Prednisone my be required.
A 23-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Plants: The shape of the leaf is the only difference. Poison ivy is a smooth border. Poison oak is rugged and shaped like an oak leaf. Both plants have bracts of 3 leaves. Both cause blister like rashes to hands and skin.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
see the plant section at www.poisoncontrol.org for a picture of the poison ivy plant.
Oct 2, 2011

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