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what does my dad have, poison ivy, poison sumac, or does it really matter? is the treatment the same?

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Dr. John Ebner
Dermatology 18 years experience
Same treatment: (toxicodendron dermatitis) aka: poison ivy/oak/sumac causes an itchy blistering reaction of varying degrees in almost everyone who contacts it and fails to wash it off immediately. Seeing a doctor is highly recommended because oral steroids for about 3 weeks in a tapering course will dramatically improve this condition in a few days. Topical soaks to dry the blisters is also helpful. Good luck.

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