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Victorville, CA
A 27-year-old female asked:

what can i do for poison ivy or poison oak . got medicean from the dr but i think it's getting worse. it has spread up my leg an is very swollen ?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glynis Ablon
Dermatology 29 years experience
Typically if it is: all over, you may need oral steroids. The way the resin from the plant spreads is actually through your nails, so cut them short and scrub them. Try soaking in tub with aluminum acetate to dry out blisters, apply topical steroid I am sure your doctor gave you after soaking 10 min at least twice aday and call doc for oral steroids if not getting better in next 24 hours.
Dr. Warren Wolfe
Family Medicine 58 years experience
What medicine?: It is important to know what medicine was prescribed. It sounds like you may have been given a topical steroid and a antihistamine that is not controlling the rash. You probably need an oral steroid. If you are given that kind of medicine & if you are diabetic your blood sugar may rise.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
More Serious: You have more than just a simple reaction to something. Please go to the ER or urgent care today. Or at least page your doctor on call for instructions. You have a treatment failure and are getting worse.
Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Get it seen by a doc: The problem in this scenario, is that without seeing what is going on with your leg, the process can be either a dermatologic reaction to the poison ivy or oak (then steroids are ok), or more seriously, a secondary bacterial infection causing cellulitis due to scratching the typically itchy rash caused by the plants (then antibiotics are needed).
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
What is medicean????: In California you have poison oak, not ivy. It is not a poison and not an oak! The plant makes an oil which causes allergic reactions. It may take 3 weeks to see all the places it got on your skin. It is not contagious. Begin with accurate diagnosis. Clobetasol gel prescription is one of several treatments to make it itch less + heal faster.
Dr. Michael Rupp
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
I agree with above but you have to be careful not to use Clobetasol for more than two weeks.
Aug 4, 2014

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