A 37-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is poison ivy?

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Dr. David Rosenthal
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Very itchy: Not very dangerous usually, but very itchy and uncomfortable. Don't spread it, and treat it locally.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What should I do for poison ivy?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 35 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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