U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 48-year-old member asked:

How is poison ivy treated?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Allergy and Immunology 22 years experience
Antihistamines: Will treat the, steroids will attenuate inflammation.

Similar questions

A 44-year-old member asked:

What should I do for poison ivy?

7 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 34 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.

Related questions

A 32-year-old member asked:
Tips for poison ivy?
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 30-year-old male asked:
How to dry out poison ivy?
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 54-year-old female asked:
I believe I have poison ivy?
3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
A 37-year-old member asked:
How dangerous is poison ivy?
1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
A 38-year-old female asked:
Does poison ivy always itch?
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Last updated May 8, 2017
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.