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Cure for poison ivy ?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
No: Poison ivy is a contact dermatitis and there is no cure for it.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No cure but there: Are things which can help.There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivy include calamine lotion, oatmeal soaks, Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) oral steroids are sometimes indicated.
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Poison ivy: Allergic reaction to plant best treated by steroids either topical or systemic. Best to see physician for quikest resolution. Don't scratch breaking open or excoriating skin can lead to infection.
Dr. Luis Matos
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Wash skin soon after: The plant oils contain urushiol. There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivy include calamine lotion, oatmeal soaks, Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) oral steroids are sometimes indicated.

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What is a quick remedy to cure poison ivy?

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Prednisone: The quickest thing is prescription steroids. You can go to an urgent care for that. Over the counter methods are Zanfel, caladryl, domeboro soaks, Benedryl and oatmeal baths.
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What should I do for poison ivy?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Avoid: Poison ivy is a common form of allergic contact dermatitis to the oleoresin of rhus plants. Depending on location and severity of symptoms, mild to potent steroid ointments are usually sufficient. If symptoms are widespread or severe, Prednisone may be needed and tapered over 2-3 weeks. Oatmeal baths and zyrtec (cetirizine) may help. Ultimately best thing is to recognize these plants and avoid them.

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