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How should i treat poison ivy

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Cortisone steroids: Steroids are usually needed for poison ivy. A doctor prescribes them after confirming the rash is really the poison oak type. For bad rashes, oral steroids for several days are used (prednisone, prednisolone). For very mild rashes, cortisone creams can be used. A daily aveeno oatmeal bath may help. Claritin or zyrtec each morning, plus a single Benadryl (diphenhydramine) dose at bedtime, can cut down the itching.
Dr. Lee Perry
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Antihistamines: I would treat with antihistamines to control the itch, and possibly topical steroids if the rash is severe.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Continuing exposure.: The major approach is topical cortisone ( a prescription one) and at times oral prednisone. The resin from the poison ivy/oak can continue to cause you problem. Be sure to wash off anything which has touched the poison ivy with a laundry detergent to rid of the resin. Do not overlook the gloves, boots, or even your car seat and floor mat.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Poison ivy: 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. Sometimes oral steroid are needed.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What can I do to treat poison ivy fast?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
See doctor: If the problem is a mild one, time will heal it. If the problem is severe, you will need to see a doctor who may prescribe some Prednisone pills or a cortisone injection for you. In the meanwhile, try apply some otc Hydrocortisone cream 3 to 4 times daily.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
cool compresses and an over the counter antihistamine can decrease the itching
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is there a safe way treat poison ivy?

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Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Poison ivy: About half of people who are in contact with poison ivy will develop skin rashes locally. Reactions are due to the sensitivity to uroshiol, the oily resin that is found in the leaves. Mild cases does not need treatment. Severe cases, you can be on an oral dose of corticosteroid for a few weeks.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Poison ivy! help please! how do I treat this?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Continuing exposure.: The major approach is topical cortisone ( a prescription one) and at times oral prednisone. The resin from the poison ivy/oak can continue to cause you problem. Be sure to wash off anything which has touched the poison ivy with a laundry detergent to rid of the resin. Do not overlook the gloves, boots, or even your car seat and floor mat.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What medications help treat poison ivy?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Poison ivy: Poison ivy treatments are usually limited to self-care methods, and the rash typically goes away on its own within two to four weeks. In the meantime, you can use poison ivy remedies, such as oatmeal baths and cool compresses, as well as over-the-counter anti-itch medications to relieve your signs and symptoms. In severe cases topical and oral cortisone are needed.
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A 35-year-old male asked:

What is the best way to treat poison ivy?

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Dr. Marya Cassandra
Dermatology 20 years experience
OTC Hydrocortisone: First, ensure that your items of clothing that could have come into contact with the poison ivy are washed well to avoid re-exposure. Try over the counter Hydrocortisone and calamine lotion. Also Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be helpful. If this doesn't work, your doctor can rx you stronger topicals or even oral Prednisone if it is severe.

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